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Grand Rapids 2020 fiscal spending plan lower than last year

The proposed spending plan maintains essential city services and ensures financial stability.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington presented the 2020 preliminary fiscal plan this morning to City Commission, and the proposed $563,094,776 spending plan is lower than last year's plan.

Along with being lower than last year, the spending plan also maintains essential city services, strengthens the organization's ability to implement its strategic priorities and ensures financial stability. 

The proposed general operating fund portion of the budget increased to nearly $149 million.

The proposed spending plan focuses on advancing the outcomes outlined in the city's strategic plan. The plan hopes to ensure improvements across six priority areas: economic prosperity and affordability, mobility, safe community, health and environment, governmental excellence, and engaged and connected community.

“The investment recommendations in this proposed budget will help elevate quality of life through excellent City services and further our strategic priorities,” Washington said. “We are confident that having a strategic plan that guides our investments will help us fulfill our vision to be nationally recognized as an equitable, welcoming, innovative and collaborative city with a robust economy, safe and healthy community and the opportunity for a high-quality life for all.”

Washington outlined proposed investments for the priority areas, including more than $3.25 million in operational investments across all six priority areas. 

Capital investments in the city's neighborhoods of focus total $25 million of the $71 million in location-specific capital projects. Neighborhoods of focus include 17 Census tracts that have concentrated poverty and unemployment.

To view the full preliminary fiscal plan, click here

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