Neighborhoods, jobs, schools and one energized city is the focus of the Proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Norfolk City Budget. Norfolk’s City Manager revealed the proposed budget today during a 30-minute presentation in a full Council chambers.
“This budget represents a journey we started 5 years ago,” said Marcus Jones, Norfolk City Manager. “Today we are building on the trust of our citizens and celebrating the community partners who stepped up to work with us. We’re energizing and connecting our neighborhoods, providing innovative programs that put our residents to work and developing an entrepreneurial eco-system. We’re going capitalize on Norfolk’s reputation that this is the place to come to live, work and play.”
Highlights of the Proposed FY 2017 Budget include $30 million for neighborhood improvements such as:
- pedestrian-friendly improvements (sidewalks, crosswalks, ADA accessible ramps)
- additional Norfolk Cares Call Center staff
- increase access to Ocean View beaches and restroom improvements
- city-wide dredging and waterway improvements
The Proposed FY 2017 Budget includes continued support for Norfolk Public Schools. The city’s contribution will ensure every teacher receives a salary increase. The City will pay the debt for 5 new schools and provide millions for maintenance and technology needs.
The Proposed FY 2017 Budget will energize and connect citizens to free Wi-Fi at MacArthur Square and Town Point Park.
Norfolk is building on its international reputation as a resilient city with the creation of a new Resilience Office. This new collaborative department will focus their efforts on the implementation of Norfolk’s Resilience Strategy.
A new Innovation Zone will give technology business located along a corridor that stretches from Old Dominion University to Norfolk State University a break on business taxes. The proposed budget includes money to support entrepreneurs and money to incentivize local businesses to hire Norfolk residents.
To review the Proposed FY 2017 Budget, go to www.norfolk.gov . The public has an opportunity to weigh in on the Proposed FY 2017 Budget during two public hearings at Granby High School both beginning at 6:00 p.m.
- May 4th general comments
- May 5th property assessment comments
Council is scheduled to vote on the Proposed FY 2017 Budget on May 24, 2016.