The budget dedicates $1.6 million over the last four months of this year to increase salaries for police, firefighters and 911 employees based on their experience and skills. Over the course of a full year, that expense amounts to $4.8 million.
The budget also erases a $25 million deficit that was part of the annual budget passed in February.
In addition, the budget includes $1.2 million toward removing litter, boarding up vacant buildings, hiring code enforcement officers and demolishing blighted homes. Federal funding will pay to remove several burnt-out buildings at the dilapidated Brannon Hill condo complex near Memorial Drive.
All spending increases come from redirecting existing funds.
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