Mayor Broome presented 2022 budget proposal, metro-council to vote in Dec.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As the year draws to a close, East Baton Rouge’s budget proposal for 2022 is now in the works.

Tuesday, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome presented the proposal to the Metro-Council during a special meeting.

Broome said, she was proud of the budget as the local economy is “fundamentally strong and has performed well post pandemic.”

The proposed budget for 2022 for all funds, exclusive of operating transfers between funds, totals $1,031,717,386

Money from the American Rescue Plan will allow the city-parish to have a slight increase in the general fund budget.

“We have taken measures to not only maintain our reserves but to strengthen them,” said Broome.

Along with funding for the storm water master plan and capital projects, $56-million-dollars will be designated for drainage.

“Work will continue on the 740 million dollar drainage improvement that’s underway. Including project such as the Comite river diversion and work on five major tributaries,” said Broome.

The proposed budget will also allocate $14-million dollars for crime initiatives. This includes community programs and updated equipment for police.

“Because public safety remains a top priority additional training academies for the police and fire departments will be held in 2022 to meet our on-going recruitment needs,” said Broome.

Other items in the budget includes money for MovEBR and economic development.

“We will continue our efforts to eliminate eye sores and potential hazard in our communities. Funding is included in our budget for each council member to address blight in their districts,” said Broome.

She said the budget is a reflection of the parish’s growth and commitment to move forward.

“Work to improve the quality of life for all our residents of our parish remains a constant priority.”

View the full budget proposal: Click Here

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