Champaign City Council to Consider Funding Options to Address Priority Community Needs

On May 28, 2019, the Champaign City Council will consider options that could provide the financial resources necessary to address recurring City needs in the areas of public safety, community wellness, and capital improvements.

At the May 7, 2019, Study Session, the City Council reviewed the Fiscal Year 2019/20 Proposed Budget, which is balanced, meets all the City’s financial policies, and maintains current levels of high-quality City services. At that meeting, City staff reviewed a number of recurring funding needs that could not be accommodated within the proposed budget. The City Council directed staff to research and present funding options that could be used to address these unfunded needs. Some of these needs include increased fire and police staffing, support for youth and families, and neighborhood infrastructure improvements.

“The City Council asked staff to provide possible solutions to fund the addition of Council-supported initiatives that are not included in the Fiscal Year 2019/20 Budget Proposal,” reports Finance Director Kay Nees. “On Tuesday night the Council will review and provide direction to staff regarding various funding alternatives that could be used to implement these initiatives and enhance the safety and quality of life for all of Champaign’s residents.”

Staff will incorporate Council direction received on May 28th into the final budget proposal to be considered by the Council for adoption on June 18.

Contact: Courtney Kouzmanoff | 217-403-8940 | [email protected]