Mayor’s proposed budget heavy on infrastructure spending

03/24/2010 8:45 PM by

Mayor Jones’ spoke tonight at Franklin Military Academy on a proposed budget for 2011 and plans through 2014 that could mean hundreds of new trees across the East End, Church Hill North, Oakwood, and Chimborazo seeing all of their streets being resurfaced, and a new building at MLK Middle School ready for the opening of the 2013-2014 school year.

Proposed East End paving schedule (pink 2010, green 2012)

Majority of the paving is to be slurry, with arterial and collector roads resurfaced with pavement. The two neighborhood projects mapped above will pave 27.1 lane miles at an estimated cost of $525,000. Under the mayor’s proposal, Church Hill North would see new roads in 2010, with Oakwood and Chimborazo getting the treatment in 2012. Williamsburg Road and Government Road in the East End are scheduled for 2013, with Richmond Road, Oakwood, and 25th Street set for 2014.

The budget includes $165,000 to double the city’s General Fund tree planting budget.

The RTD has a good write-up if you’re looking for the bigger picture view:

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones is proposing a $637.3 million city budget for next year that includes 11 layoffs, no raises for employees and no cuts in services. […]

Officials managed to avoid a predicted shortfall of $33.6 million — and avoid deep cuts in services — by offering a series of administrative and systematic changes to either boost revenues or reduce spending.

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