Chattanooga City Council approves new budget with property tax increase
Money goes to fire/police/public works raises and potholes
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga’s City Council unanimously approved a new budget Tuesday night that includes a 40-cent property tax hike.
The money goes mainly to raising pay for city workers, including public works drivers, fire and police.
The lowest pay for city workers will be $15 an hour.
Mayor Kelly is also fulfilling a campaign promise by increasing the paving budget and hiring a pothole inspector.
After the vote, he issued this statement:
“I’m grateful to the Chattanooga City Council for partnering with us to lay the groundwork for tackling the structural challenges our community faces while we also get the basics right — all while ensuring our first responders and essential workers are paid fairly,” said Mayor Tim Kelly. “With this budget, we’re able to capitalize on the growth of Chattanooga’s economy to ensure every resident has access to quality and responsive city services to keep pace with that growth.”