Richmond City Council Passes Budget

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond city council passed a budget Tuesday night, but not without some opposition from the public and colleagues.

There were a couple council members that took issue with some of the budget items. In the newly adopted budget, no raises for city workers and no real estate tax increases for homeowners.

But there will be a new storm water utility fee to correct drainage problems for homeowners, businesses and churches. It averages about $45 a year.

"I believe we've come up with a responsible budget and worked to prioritize programs we protected key services," said Mayor Dwight Jones.

Mayor Dwight Jones called it a scaled back budget. He joined council members as they adopted the 630 million spending package. Council member Marty Jewell voted "no" on a specific paper involving the general fund budget.

"If there's every a time to use a rainy day fund it's today, particularly when cutting out 25 recreation workers eliminating those positions," said Marty Jewell.

But Council President Kathy Graziano says those positions had been vacant. Council added $70,000 for Parks and Rec., above what the mayor proposed.

"When we have to stop and think about the children once school is out, where are they going to go," said Reva Trammell.

Reva Trammell voted against the school budget and a moratorium on pay increases for one year for police and fire. But it also added money for Maymont, leaf collection and a study for a new proposed ballpark in Shockoe Bottom.

The new storm water utility fee begins in July.

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