Richmond City Council passes budget funding schools, adding cigarette tax

Richmond City Council passes budget funding schools, adding cigarette tax
Richmond City Council meeting. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - After several heated budget discussions, Richmond City Council passed the city’s $746 million budget to fully fund schools and add a 50 cent cigarette tax.

Council members agreed to several of Mayor Levar Stoney’s biggest spending initiatives, including an additional $18 million for schools, $16 million for street paving and sidewalks.

Around $800,000 was approved for the GRTC Transit System.

Mayor Stoney released the following statement regarding the passage of the 2020 fiscal year budget:

“I applaud city council for its vote tonight to fully fund our proposed investments in schools and neighborhoods, and for preserving our increased funding priorities for affordable housing, transit access and eviction diversion.

“These investments in our future represent yet another step toward the equitable, inclusive and competitive city we are becoming for ALL Richmond residents.”

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