City Council unanimously approved Mayor Tim Kelly’s $350 million operating city budget on its second reading — so what does that mean for Chattanoogans? We’re here to break it down.
You can break down the budget by service, program, and more. | Screenshot via City of Chattanooga
💰 The big stuff
First things first, what you’re probably skimming this article to find — the budget has no tax increases.
The budget goes into effect July 1 and lasts through June 30, 2023.
It’s built around Kelly’s One Chattanooga Plan (more on that here, in case you missed it).
The new budget features $10 million for additional road paving — we know y’all are pumped about that one — $33 million towards affordable housing, $2 million towards homelessness prevention + rehousing efforts, and a 3% raise in the city’s minimum wage.
💰 The nitty gritty (broken down by service)
41.51% | Public Safety | Beyond police + fire department expenditures, it will fund violence intervention programs, victim services, and CPD’s recently launched deterrence efforts and Crisis Response Unit, plus a new executive director of community safety and gun violence prevention.
35.99% | General Government | City employee salaries, water quality management fees, intergovernmental relations, IT, internal audit, etc.
10.73% | Public Works | Garbage pickup, solid waste disposal, building maintenance, brush pickup, city engineer, etc.
Nightfall | Fri., June 17 | 7 p.m. | Miller Plaza | Free | Opposite Box and Original FBI will perform at the free concert this Friday. 🎶
Jeff D | Fri., June 17 | 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $17+ | Comedian Jeff D is known for his unique, Southern-style humor — this show is rated R.
Chattanooga Lookouts: Star Wars Night | Fri., June 17 | 7:15 p.m. | AT&T Field | $6+ | Travel with the Lookouts to a galaxy far, far away during Star Wars Night, ft. fireworks + Star Wars jerseys to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. ⚾ *
Annual 100 Dinner | Sat., June 18 | 6-9 p.m. | Crabtree Farms | $150+ | This fundraising event features food + beverages sourced from within 100 miles of the farm.
Get Outside for Pride! Picnic & Paddle | Sat., June 18 | 12:30-3:30 p.m. | Greenway Farms Park, 5051 Gann Store Rd. | Free+ | This beginner-friendly paddle board tour + picnic features lunch from Cashew. 🧺
Legacy Music Festival | Sat., June 18 | 8 p.m. | Miller Park | Free | Enjoy an outdoor screening of “Summer of Soul,” a documentary about The Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969 — local musicians will also pay homage to artists who performed at the 1969 event.
National Drink Up Week is July 25-31. | Photo by NOOGAtoday
Raise your glasses. This toast is dedicated to Chattanooga’s beverage industry, from morning iced lattes to afternoon power smoothies and evening specialty cocktails. We appreciate what makes our local drink scene unique.
And to kick off our National Drink Up Week, July 25-31, we want to partner with local coffee shops, wineries, bars, restaurants, distilleries + more to shine a spotlight on our local beverage tastemakers. Find out more below.
High heat and humidity will continue in the area this week. As highs are expected to top out in the mid to upper-90s, the Local 3 weather team recommends taking frequent breaks from outdoor work or exercise, staying hydrated, and avoiding leaving your children or pets in hot vehicles. ☀️ (Local 3)
Did you know that the world’s largest woodturning event hits Chattanooga this month? The annual International Woodturning Symposium will take place at the Chattanooga Convention Center Thurs., June 23-Sat., June 26, with more than 1,000 makers from around the world gathering to explore the craft of woodturning.
Broad Street between W. Aquarium Way and W. 3rd Street is closed due to ongoing underground repairs — nearby sidewalk access is also closed. Ochs Highway between the Guild Trail and Everett Street is closed due to downed power lines + trees. Use Scenic Highway as a detour. 🚧 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
The Cure Charcuterie — a “luxury graze + specialty food service” — launched a sister company, The Cure Kids. More details to come, but the new company’s already shared sneak peeks of its Mickey Mouse-themed kid’s party collection fit for birthday parties or picnics. 🧀
Cempa Community Care + the Chattanooga CARES Foundation are partnering to host the annual Dining Out For Life campaign on Thurs., June 23. During this event, participating restaurants across the city will donate a portion of their earnings to support Cempa’s work in providing essential HIV services + high-quality care. 🍽️ (The Pulse)
Local McDonald’s owner-operators recently launched “Happy Meals for the House,” a fundraiser supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Chattanooga. Through Sat., June 18, 10% of proceeds from all Happy Meal sales at local McDonald’s will be donated to the organization. 🍟 (Chattanoogan.com)
Chattanooga will be one of 15 stops on the Kyiv City Ballet’s US tour. The Ukrainian ballet company is scheduled for three performances at UTC’s newly renovated Roland Hayes Auditorium in October. Ticket prices will be announced at a later date. (The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)
The St. Elmo Maker’s Market will take place on Sat., June 18 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at The Secret Garden. Shop small from local vendors in the morning and enjoy cornhole, beer pong, and raffle prizes during the evening. 🛍️
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