Mayor Kelly Introduces Proposal for 2023 City Budget

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly introduced his proposal for the Fiscal Year 2023 budget for the city of Chattanooga. The proposed operating budget projects $317 million in revenue and expects to spend $350 million in expenses.

Of the $350 million in expenses, nearly half of the expenses is projected to be spent on public safety agencies. $85.435 million would go to the Chattanooga Police Department and $59.85 million would go to the Chattanooga Fire Department.

Here is a list of the projected expenditures earmarked by the budget:

  • Public Safety: $145.29 million
  • General Government: $125.97 million
  • Public Works: $37.56 million
  • Education and Community Development: $14.68 million
  • Parks and Outdoors: $14.18 million
  • Agencies: $7.76 million
  • Economic Development and Planning: $3.17 million
  • Equity and Community Development: $1.41 million

There are still several meetings and reviews of the budget that must be conducted before the budget can be formally passed. Here is a list of those meeting dates.

  • May 17, 2022: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Council Education Session regarding Operating Budget
  • May 24, 2022: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Council Education Session regarding Capital Budget; discussion of any remaining Issues
  • May 31, 2022: 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Public Input Session (limited to 2 min. each speaker)
  • June 7, 2022: 1st Reading of budget ordinances
  • June 14, 2022: 2nd reading of budget ordinances (based upon passage of 1st reading)

If all goes to plan, a final vote would be held at the June 14 meeting. All meetings will take place in the Assembly Room of the John P. Franklin Sr. City Council Building at 1000 Lindsay Street in Chattanooga.


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