City Manager Kyle Jung proposes the budget for the 2016-2017 year to the Council as well as Mayor Delores Martin.

Budget to bring improvements for Council

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City Manager Kyle Jung proposes the budget for the 2016-2017 year to the Council as well as Mayor Delores Martin.

Monday night, Aug. 1, marked a specially called meeting for City Council in which City Manager Kyle Jung submitted a proposed budget for the 2016-2017 year.

Some of the highlights of the proposed budget includes a reduction of property taxes from 58 cents to 57 cents.

Furthermore, the budget includes a proposed city hall expansion. Jung brought up how city hall needs room for additional offices, considering the rapid growth of Manvel. Therefore, a council chamber, built specifically for the City Council and other governing boards, is a need for a continually swelling city hall.

Also in the proposed budget are road rehabilitations to Lewis Lane, Jordan Road East, School Road and Crest Ride. Such rehabilitations include improvements and road overlays to ensure automative operators are able to commute without complication.

The last of the highlights includes funding for upgrading mobile digital computers (MDC) in police force vehicles.

These proposals come directly from department heads. The first budget workshop is the next City Council meeting, Aug. 8. After that, Aug. 22 will be when the next budget workshop is held. Sept. 12 will mark the hearing for the final budget.

City Council meeting agendas are posted online 72 hours in advance. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, Aug. 8.

Story by Aiden Park