CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville City Council is working to balance the city's budget to meet affordable housing needs.

At a budget work session on Thursday, March 14, councilors discussed the $188 million budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, which calls for over $35 million in the Capital Improvement Plan.

About 30 percent of the CIP would go toward affordable housing needs in the city.

Councilors also say several proposed tax increases for next year will be used toward affordable housing efforts.

"We owe it to our community to put our money where our mouth is because people have been saying over and over and over that we need to address affordable housing,” Councilor Wes Bellamy said. “Well, how are we going to pay for it? In order for us to pay for it, we have to make some of these decision points."

People from the community will have the chance to weigh in on this year's proposed budget at a budget forum on Saturday, March 16, at the Key Recreation Center.