The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday got their first look at the City Manager’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The $1.368 billion Recommended Budget presented by City Manager Martha Durkin is an increase of $103 million from the current fiscal budget. The City is counting on using $3.2 million from the Stabilization Fund, money from land sales, new revenue from annexations, and an expected uptick in sales tax, property tax and state-shared tax revenue to help fund the budget. Under the proposal, the City would spend $600,000 for swimming pools, $1.6 million for graffiti removal, and there would be no increase in transit fares. The first of two public hearings on the spending plan is scheduled for May 5, with final adoption by Mayor and Council set for June 9.

Read the Recommended Budget Fiscal Year 2016: http://1.usa.gov/1OGJueQ read the agenda materials Mayor and Council Meeting: http://1.usa.gov/1E2tnqo