DENVER - Increasing the police force in downtown Denver was among the multiple items listed in Mayor Michael Hancock’s budget proposal, which was submitted to the City Council on Monday.
Hancock asked for $16 million to add 48 police officers – including 16 downtown. This comes as safety on the 16th Street Mall has become the subject of increase scrutiny following a slew of high-publicized incidents.
"Safety in the city is our No. 1 responsibility and protecting the central corridor of our city is extremely important because it's where most of the commercial activity and our tourism occurs, which is our No. 1 lead economic indicator in terms of the health and well-being of the city," he said in a news conference. "We are making a concerted effort to protect that central corridor. Of course we believe, also, that it's important to protect the entire city, but we are stepping up into the increased vibrancy of downtown."
The mayor’s proposal also included $5 million for the Affordable Housing Fund, and $19 million for road repairs and to expand bike lanes.
"City Council, as you know, is currently considering an ordinance to add another $10 million through the creation of Denver's first-ever dedicated fund for affordable housing. I'm asking city council to support this solution because it will help us maintain, truly, what we believe to be the heart and soul of our great city," Hancock said. "This ordinance will embed affordable housing as a permanent priority of the city and I believe this is abalanced proposal and will continue to keep our city uniquely Denver."
You can read the full budget proposal here: http://bit.ly/2cHyMdg
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