Proposed Budget Could Shuffle Funding for Several Charlottesville Departments

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A couple departments in the city of Charlottesville could be losing some serious cash if councilors approve the latest 2019 fiscal budget.

The proposed fund increased by around $400,000 at the City Council meeting Monday, April 2. The budget is now totaling out to almost $180 million.

Councilors found a couple things they believe could use less funding: Public works for streets and sidewalks might lose $58,000, $127,000 could be diverted from the citywide reserve, and $200,000 may be taken away from arts coordination and planning for nonprofits.

"What we've learned through several work sessions is City Council has some interest in other initiatives that needed funding. The total is $800,000. We had some new revenues from sales tax and meals tax, so that's helped us balance the budget," said city spokesperson Brian Wheeler.

Some programs are benefiting from the proposed budget: The Homeowners Tax Relief program could see an extra $100,000 from the city, and $63,000 is slated for JAUNT.

The biggest increase of money may be going toward the living wage for Charlottesville employees, going from $13.79 to $14.40.