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Mayor Hancock Submits 2017 Budget Proposal to City Council

Plan focuses spending on addressing residents’ critical needs and improving customer service

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:

  • $5 million into the Affordable Housing Fund to produce and preserve affordable housing units across the city. City Council is also currently considering an ordinance to create a permanent, dedicated fund that would add $10 million toward the creation, preservation and rehabilitation of affordable housing for next year;
  • $650,000 to open the new Office of HOPE (Housing & Opportunities for People Everywhere) to help coordinate city policies along the entire homeless to housing spectrum;
  • An additional $19 million to pave, repair, maintain and repave more of our roads, improve city sidewalks for pedestrians, and expand our network of connected and protected bike lanes;
  • $16 million to add 48 police officers to bolster patrolling across the city, including 16 who will be concentrated downtown, increase 911 staff, increase the number of officers who wear body cameras to include off-duty police officers, and add two new police academy classes to train the next generation of police recruits;
  • $2.2 million to finalize the transition to standardized cart-based trash service citywide, and add four additional composting routes and three additional recycling routes;
  • $289,000 to hire three full time employees to bolster Denver’s Disability Parking Enforcement Program and other parking rules; and
  • Maintaining the city’s General Fund reserves at 15.2 percent of expenditures, ensuring continued strong credit ratings in the bond and investment markets.

City Council committees will begin budget hearings later this month, with final adoption in November. CLICK HERE to view the 2017 Budget Proposal.