Chattanooga budget would add 40 police officers

Chattanooga budget would add 40 police officers

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke wants to hire 40 additional city police officers.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the budget proposal presented by Berke at Wednesday's City Council meeting would also give 2,700 city workers a 1.5% pay raise.

Berke's initial budget comes after a growing number of shootings and gang violence in Chattanooga. The mayor said the budget is focused on public safety.

Other budget highlights include a pilot affordable housing program, funding a federal prosecutor and expanding literacy programs at city recreation centers.

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