The City of Raleigh held a public hearing on the proposed 2022 Fiscal Year Budget and Capital Improvement Plan on June 1. Topics discussed in proposed budget included FY22 increases.
Raleigh Police Department initiatives include:
- Continued support ($0.7m) for the newly created ACORNS Unit (Assessing Crisis through Outreach, Referrals, Networking and Service), which supports mental health concerns and connects those in crisis with the resources needed to meet individual goals.
- A new Parks and Greenway unit is established to enhance greenway safety. The unit is comprised of six sworn police officers and one supervising sergeant dedicated to patrolling our parkland and greenway system.
- Increases attributed to the police department’s market pay system annual adjustments and mandated benefits, such as state-mandated retirement benefits, medical insurance, and separation allowance (payment made to officers who serve credibly and retire prior to social security eligibility).
Some other initiatives include:
- $10.4 million in direct assistance, including Human Service Agency grants, Arts Agency grants, Community Enhancement grants, and the City’s commitment to eliminate/reduce homelessness through a general fund contribution of $6.3 million.
- $28 million in Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources programming – this includes afterschool, Backpack Buddies, Summer Food Services & Nutrition Program, Teen Outreach and Summer Express.
- $550,000 for the City’s Utility Customer Assistance Program to better assist customers who have difficulty paying their utility bills.
- $4 million impact on providing suspending transit fares for the City’s transit service.
City Manager Marchell Adams-David presented the proposed budget of more than $1 billion for Raleigh for the coming fiscal year in May. The 2022 fiscal year budget is a 5.8-percent increase from the current fiscal year budget.
The City Council is scheduled to hold budget work sessions on each Monday in June if needed. All sessions will be carried live on RTN11 (97.5) and video streamed on the Watch City Council Meeting page.