UPDATE: The Chattanooga City Council approved Mayor Andy Berke’s proposed FY2020 budget on Tuesday night.

The vote by the council was the second and final vote needed to approve the budget.

The $263-million budget prioritizes roadwork and includes no tax increases.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Chattanooga City Council members passed Mayor Andy Berke's proposed budget for FY2020 on its first reading Tuesday night.

The vote by the council was unanimous.  

The $263-million budget prioritizes roadwork and includes no tax increases.

The second and final reading for the budget is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's proposed budget of $263 million includes nearly $29 million to fix roads in the Scenic City.

This additional funding allows the city to improve several roads inside city limits from repaving roads to even rebuilding some of these roads.

"There's some big issues, particularly in places like Hamill Road and Lake Resort Road and Elder Mountain Road, and we got to make sure we take care of that. And that's why there's over $28 million in road funding just for this year," Mayor Berke said.

A public meeting will be held regarding the overall budget during the city council meeting on June 11th.

City council members will vote on the budget later in June.


PREVIOUS STORY: The City of Chattanooga presented the city's Fiscal Year 2020 proposed budget to the City Council Tuesday afternoon. 

The $263.8 million budget is a little more than 1% increase from the 2019 budget with the proposed property tax rate remaining the same at $2.227.

The administration’s proposed budget funds new staff to continue efforts to end homelessness in Chattanooga, supports 1,000 new jobs with the latest Volkswagen expansion, and devotes an unprecedented amount -- $28 million in local and federal dollars --  for street improvements and repairs, including high-profile projects like repairs to Elder Mountain Road, Lake Resort Drive and Hamill Road.

Included in the budget are new initiatives for expanding recycling services citywide, collaborating with the regional cities and counties to make sure that we are fully prepared to respond to and recover from natural disasters, and enhancing the economic mobility for all Chattanoogans.

The Chattanooga City Council will begin holding budget hearings each Tuesday beginning May 21.

The Fiscal Year 2020 budget is available for viewing at budget.chattanooga.gov.