More community events, 5 new police officers among new items in Carmel’s proposed 2019 budget

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The Carmel City Council took its first public look at the proposed 2019 budget during two workshops last week.

The proposed $149 million budget represents a 6.4 percent increase from the 2018 budget and includes 3 percent cost of living raises for most city employees.

The city’s tax rate is expected to remain at 79 cents per $100 of assessed value.

“The reason the city can increase the budget without increasing rates is based on growth we continue to experience,” city spokesman Dan McFeely said.

Highlights include:

  • Five additional police officers
  • Additional street department maintenance operations
  • IT upgrades for community services
  • $125,000 in seed money to launch an international film festival
  • $20,000 for new furniture and furniture repairs in the mayor’s office
  • $50,000 for the Carmel Fund community initiative, a matching grant program through Legacy Fund
  • 5 percent increase for the arts over 2018
  • $28,000 to contract with the Carmel Clay Historical Society for photo archiving services
  • $25,000 increase for mental health services for police officers, including counseling and a mentorship program
  • 12 new vehicles and a new salt truck for the street department
  • Two new part-time employees for the fire department

State law requires that the budget be approved by Nov. 1. The council is likely to schedule a public hearing on the budget in October.

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