Mayor Hancock approves a further $ 2.7 million for Denver funds proposal for 2022 | authorities

Mayor Michael Hancock sent a letter to the Denver City Council on Friday approving some of the council’s proposed additions to the Denver 2022 city budget proposal.

In the letter, Hancock approved 10 of the council’s 12 proposed amendments, totaling over $ 2.76 million, to be added to the $ 1.49 billion budget. Of the 10 additions approved, Hancock reduced the funding requested by three.

The council will hold a public hearing on October 25 to discuss Hancock’s decisions. On November 1, the Council will vote to confirm the additions (seven votes required for adoption) or to reverse Hancock’s rejection of proposed additions (nine votes required for adoption).

The final draft budget has to be approved by the Council on November 8th before it can be implemented.

“This year’s budget process has been a very collaborative and mutually supportive one and I want to acknowledge the shared priorities between the city council and my administration as our recovery from the public health and economic crisis caused by the global pandemic progresses,” said Hancock. “I am confident that we will continue to work together to rebuild an inclusive and accessible economy.”

Hancock approved the following motions without amendment:

  • $ 150,000 to the Denver Public Library to use the four digital navigators of the library on year-round positions instead of half-year positions. Financing from the American rescue plan law.
  • $ 132,038 to the prosecutor appoint a deputy city attorney for the city council. Funding from the fund balance 2022.
  • $ 35,000 for parks and recreation the Denver Municipal Band to buy a stage and fund free outdoor concerts. Financing from the 2022 Parks and Recreation budget and 2022 fund credits.
  • $ 35,000 for human rights and community partnerships to investigate the possible establishment of an Office of Community Engagement in Denver. Funding from the fund balance 2022.
  • $ 1.5 million to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to expand the Safe Paths to Schools program in Denver. Financing from the department’s general fund savings in 2021.
  • $ 500,000 for human rights and community partnerships Split over two years to recruit fellows for the Immigrant Legal Defense Program. Funding from the fund balance 2022.
  • $ 270,000 to the Human Resources Office hire a full-time contractor to provide trauma response services for non-security workers in the city. Funding from the fund balance 2022.

Hancock approved the following applications, but reduced the grant amounts:

  • $ 50,000 to the Office on Aging to support access to technology, food insecurity and yard cleaning services. The original application was for $ 90,000 to also fund the restoration of travel and training budgets.
  • $ 189,000 to prosecutors Hire a senior housing, real estate and construction lawyer. The original application was for $ 400,000 to also fund outside legal assistance for the Denver housing team.
  • $ 150,000 for community planning and development Hire a consultant to conduct a railway safety analysis and recommend policy changes to reduce railway hazards. The original request was for $ 350,000 for the consultant.

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In the letter, Hancock said the first two cuts were made because travel and training budgets for other agencies have not been restored and the city is not considering residential projects that require outside legal assistance in 2022. All three reduced proposals would be financed with the fund balance in 2022.

Hancock turned down two proposals for $ 200,000 to investigate converting the streets of York and Josephine from a one-way to two-way street and $ 150,000 to establish a position as director of health justice within the city’s Department of Health.

“There are currently several traffic-related projects running in this area. Once these projects are completed, traffic patterns will change which would make the results of this study insignificant, ”the letter said. “(And) the Ministry of Public Health and Environment already has a position on health equity and the use of the Office for Social Justice and Innovation.”

Hancock said the city will re-examine the road conversion study after ongoing construction is complete and the health department will consider how health equity can be increased across all systems.

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The council also asked Hancock to use existing funding to help build a full-service substance abuse treatment facility and make community offices accessible to people with disabilities. Hancock said he would work on these requests.

Since the majority of the budget injections would come from the fund balance in 2022, the fund balance would decrease by 0.1% to 14.1% after the distribution. This is just below the city’s recommended reserve of 15%.

Excluding these additions, the proposed budget is $ 1.49 billion, with key delegations nearly $ 568 million for public safety, $ 140 million for transportation and infrastructure, and $ 117 million for independent agencies $ 101 million for the finance department.

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