Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:45 AM

CITY COUNCIL PASSES CHATTANOOGA BUDGET

Councilman Chip Henderson Councilman Chip Henderson Photo by Erin O. Smith Chattanooga City Council members on Tuesday passed a $273 million Chattanooga budget for 2019 that puts millions into paving and infrastructure, childhood and youth programs, affordable housing and the battle against homelessness, but also sharply raises water quality fees paid by homeowners and developers. The vote on first reading was 6-2, with one absent. Councilman Chip Henderson and Chairman Ken Smith voted no after Henderson's motion to amend over the water quality fee hikes failed, 5-3. But the council did get a promise from the administration to look at the water quality fee structure to see if it could be made fairer to people with lower incomes. And low-income seniors who participate in the city's tax relief program will be exempt from water quality fees, the administration said. Henderson and Smith said afterward they felt the council's weeks of budget studies had had an impact on the process. Along with a promised equity study for the proposed water quality fee increase of nearly $13 million, council members noted the administration adjusted its plans to provide social services in Berke's anti-gang program, and dropped altogether, for now, its proposal to ...

News source: Times Free Press

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