Sep 12, 2016
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today submitted his 2017 budget proposal to City Council, calling for responsible investments to meet the demands and diverse priorities of a growing city.
“We are a vibrant, thriving city that prides itself on offering a great quality of life,” Mayor Hancock said. “This budget thoughtfully addresses the growing needs of our residents – including affordable housing, mobility and public safety -- and strives to bring prosperity and opportunity within everyone’s reach. I am pleased to present City Council with a budget proposal that ensures we continue to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars while reflecting the priorities of a growing population.”
The 2017 budget proposal calls for increasing the size of the city’s police force, including concentrating 16 officers downtown; adding more affordable homes to the housing supply; improving street and sidewalk conditions and enhancing other mobility options; increasing staffing to meet customer demand in the city’s permitting offices; and continuing to make investments in services for Denver’s vulnerable and at-risk populations.
“The Mayor’s 2017 budget proposal positions Denver to preserve our high financial ratings, maintain healthy reserves and focus on responsible growth,” said Chief Financial Officer Brendan Hanlon. “Economic uncertainties have led us to be cautious with this year’s budget proposal and that is reflected in the proposals we are presenting to Council.”
The Mayor’s $1.32 billion General Fund budget proposal includes:
City Council committees will begin budget hearings later this month, with final adoption in November. CLICK HERE to view the 2017 Budget Proposal.