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Here's what's in your 2019-20 City budget
Here's what's in your 2019-20 City budget
Posted on 06/04/2019

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A few moments ago, the City Council passed the 2019-20 City budget. Since budgets are essentially documents that speak to our priorities, I want to make sure you know what’s in your City budget that takes effect July 1.

Here are some highlights:

  • A 4 percent pay increase for public safety employees, which adds to other raises for them since we took office, and a 1 percent pay increase for all other employees. We also absorbed the rising cost of health insurance for our employees, meaning that we won’t be increasing premiums. All of this goes a long way toward retaining and recruiting employees, which is key to rebuilding the Memphis Police Department.
  • Our fourth consecutive increase in street paving — more than double the amount the City was spending five years ago.
  • No tax increase.
  • Fully funding our pension for the first time since 2006.
  • More summer jobs for youth — a 75 percent increase from when we took office.
  • A comprehensive, collaborative plan to connect opportunity youth to our city’s momentum.
  • Creation of the Community Catalyst Fund, the City’s first fund dedicated solely to infrastructure improvements in disinvested neighborhoods.
  • Creation of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the City’s first fund dedicated to ensuring all Memphians have affordable, safe, clean housing.
  • Doubling re-entry work through the expansion of the highly successful Manhood University program and the creation of a similar program for women.
  • A new library in Frayser, on the heels of appropriating money two weeks ago to begin building a new Ed Rice Community Center nearby.
  • A new fire station in Whitehaven.
  • Another $2.5 million for MATA, bringing the total funding increase for local transit since I took office to $5 million.

None of this would have been possible without the spirit of cooperation with our partners on the City Council. Truly, it was a team effort — and I thank them for working together with us to prioritize this continued improvement in how City government impacts lives and delivers services to you.

Memphis has momentum; we can see it all around us. For the role that City government plays in accelerating that momentum, our upcoming budget will be another step forward.

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