Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s 2022 budget explained

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — On Tuesday night the East Baton Rouge Metro Council unanimously approved Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s budget for 2022.

The total budget comes out to $1,031,717,386.

Broome’s Chief Administrative Officer Darryl Gissel said that’s more than $50 million over this year’s budget.

“We’re pleased that our hard work paid off,” he said. “We’re actually putting that money to use to help cut long-term costs.”

The majority of the money comes from federal dollars meant to help rebuild after the pandemic.

“There are funds we are using from the American Rescue Plan. We are using to help bolster employment efforts,” said Gissel.

We will also see the MOVEBR project move forward. Residents can expect 29 new road projects and upgrades to traffic signals.

“You know we are always looking for efficiencies in our budget,” said Gissel.

Nearly 55 percent of funds will go towards public safety. This will include dollars for crime initiatives, community programs, and updated equipment for police.

Also, $41 million is being spent on drainage.

“Stormwater. We’re using some funding right now to improve our drainage program and one of the questions is how do we provide that funding long term?” asked Gissel.

The mayor said she hopes the council can find the funding next year to help the storm water division. She highlights the ongoing issues of flash flooding as a key factor.

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