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Statement from Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on the Adoption of the 2018-2019 City Operating BudgetStatement from Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on the Adoption of the 2018-2019 City Operating Budget<div class="ExternalClass7589F4D617E14381832626C2E23374B4"><p>​<strong>"</strong>Today the Phoenix City Council adopted a 4.4-billion-dollar operating budget for 2018-2019 that will move our city forward.  I want to acknowledge the citizens who expressed their budget priorities to the city during the public comment process.  Your views are important and this budget addresses many of your concerns.</p><p>Funding for public safety and homelessness are priorities. This budget provides money to hire an additional 300 police officers. Our goal is to hire 1,000 new police officers by 2020.  Our Fire Department will receive funding for an additional 84 firefighter positions.</p><p>To help deal with the impact of homelessness, the Human Services Department will receive funding for two additional Homeless Outreach Teams. Raising the number to nine. This will increase the program caseload capacity by 360 clients a year so two administrative positions are being added to deal with the increase caseload.  The budget also includes money for a one year pilot project to finance a solid waste team dedicated to cleaning up neighborhoods, alleys, and public washes. Parks and Recreation will also receive additional funds to support the Phoenix C.A.R.E.S. program as it relates to homeless issues in our city parks and preserves.</p><p>The City is allocating resources to pave our streets and make them safer for bikes and pedestrians. There is funding to plant shade trees and construct new bus shelters to help our citizens avoid the blazing summer sun.  The budget will also pay for extended hours at our libraries and maintain our city art, it dedicates money to improve the city's IT capabilities to bring it into the 21<sup>st</sup> Century, maintains staffing levels and pays down the costs of pensions.</p><p>While this budget is not perfect, I believe it represents a measured, reasonable allocation of our tax dollars to deal with the challenges of maintaining and improving services to our citizens. </p><p>Thank you again to all who participated." <br></p><p><br></p></div>6/27/2018 10:50:00 PMNick Valenzuela 602-495-5405