Council takes first step toward approving FY24 budget

There is one more budget work session scheduled for Charlottesville City Council, but on Monday the elected body took the first step toward adopting a $227.7 million budget for fiscal year 2024. That’s slightly higher than what was originally presented in early March. 

“There is a difference of $1,456,900 from the proposed budget that I initially presented,” said interim City Manager Michael C. Rogers. 

The additional revenue comes from items in the FY2023 budget that will not be appropriated and will instead be carried over into the next fiscal year. These include $197,181 for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, $394,436 for Council strategic initiatives, and $43,748 for the Sister City program. 

The work session on Thursday will provide one more opportunity to alter the budget before their final vote to adopt on Tuesday, April 11. 

“I don’t think we’re quite there yet on the budget,” said City Councilor Michael Payne. “I would like to see more funding for Pathway, [Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority], [Public Housing Association of Residents], some nonprofits in housing.” 

The various tax rates will remain the same. 

No one spoke at the public hearing on the first reading of the budget. There will be no public hearing for the second one but public comment will be taken at the work session on Thursday. 

Additional revenue in the FY24 budget will come from these unused funds from FY23 

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