2019 proposed budget for Colorado Springs is out

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The proposed budget for 2019 in Colorado Springs was released Monday morning.

The new budget includes big funding for police and fire services like adding new positions and getting compensation up to the market average.

The proposed 2019 budget is about $302 million a 5 percent increase from 2018.

The mayor of Colorado Springs attributed the jump to an increase in sales and use tax revenue.  

As for where the funds will largely go those include promoting job creation, investing in infrastructure, and excelling in city services, just to name a few.

As for why there’s such a huge emphasis on law enforcement and firefighters this is what Mayor John Suthers had to say.

“One of the things you want to do is make sure you have enough police and firefighters on the street so you have adequate response times,” said John Suthers, Mayor of Colorado Springs. “Retention and attraction of police and firefighters also requires adequate compensation and we found ourselves below market average and we’ve worked really hard over the past couple years to get there,”

If you’d like a closer look into the budget click here.

People living in Colorado Springs are also encouraged to give their feedback online, to do so email allcouncil@springsgov.com.

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