UPDATE: 10:45 PM

Some say the tax increase comes at a time where city workers are asking for a pay increase.

Councilman Andre McGary says the numbers are just preliminary, but he hopes the council can vote a moderate increase that would help fund city-run programs and agencies like public safety.

The Mayor's budget would call for a 4 percent pay increase for city employee's and the budget will be finalized during the first week of June.

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Chattanooga city leaders want the first property tax increase for the city in nine years.

The 64-cent hike would fund:

  • 40 additional police officers
  • 15 more civilians in the police department
  • 26 additional fire fighters
  • restore hours of operation at center recreation centers
  • provide development for a Hixson recreation center

Overall the increase would bring 128 additional positions at a cost of $7.3 million

The hike would raise the property tax rate to $2.579 per $100 of assessed valuation, bringing revenue to $198.6 million.