by Jim Nintzel
That’s a bump of $103 million from the current budget of $1.265 billion.
Most of that increase—close to $80 million—will be in the form of spending on big-ticket capital projects, with city staffing levels remaining flat.
The cops, firefighters and the justice system are responsible for roughly $13 million of the increased budget costs.
The City Council will continue discussing the budget at its May 5 meeting, with adoption of a tentative budget scheduled for May 19 and a June 9 public hearing before a final adoption of the budget.
You can review the PowerPoint presentation on the budget here.