City Budget Passed 8-1, Final Vote Next Week

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Chattanooga City Council is one step closer to approving the budget for the city’s next fiscal year.

With a vote 8 to 1, the budget ordinance passes its first reading at Tuesday night’s meeting.

That opposition from Councilmen Chip Henderson comes after weeks of leading budget hearings as the chairman of the budget committee.

“As a representative of district one the folks that I talk to just made it very clear that they did not want me to support a tax increase.”

This differs from the Chattanooga City Mayor’s outlook on this proposed budget.

Andy Berke said, “This budget makes key investments and it does it with the lowest tax rate in our city’s history since 1959 with the exception of one year..”

This collaborative effort is one that Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrad says is driven toward finding solutions for each of their districts.

“We have to start looking at these things as we’re creating solutions for our districts for our communities. We have to think outside the box and we have to get out of the box.

Councilmen Henderson says the mayor have the power to make the changes to win his support for this budget.”

The majority feels this budget is taking the city in the right direction.

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