Shreveport City Council discusses 2019 proposed budget


Shreveport city council is discussing how they’ll spend the city’s dollars in 2019. Here’s some of the places your tax dollars are going.

The city council is crunching numbers after Mayor Ollie Tyler introduced her 2019 budget in October.The city of Shreveport’s 2019 budget proposal is more than 500 million dollars.

“We have to make everything work within our budget,”said Ollie Tyler, Shreveport Mayor.Within that packet, the police department’s budget is projected to increase by more than 1.6 million dollars next year.

This larger budget is due to a pay increase based on length of service and a two percent hike in retirement plans.”The most important thing to us is our officers, so the majority of our budget pays for them to have a job, health insurance, have uniforms to wear and the remainder of that money is spent on the things they need to do their job, Ben Raymond, Substitute Police Chief.”
The fire departments budget jumped by over two million dollars. Which includes funding for a state mandated pay increase and increase in health insurance.
“We have great people here at Shreveport fire department, so we want to keep them here and keep them serving here,”Scott Wolverton, Fire Chief.
The budget will remain the same for property standards and decrease by more than two million dollars in the public works department.”Overall we feel like we’ve presented a budget where there will be a few adjustments,” said Tyler.

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