Denver City Council releases budget amendments
After 19 budget hearings with multiple City agencies and four dedicated working sessions, Denver City Council released a list of seven items it would like to see funded that were not included in the $2.1 billion budget proposed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
Also included in the letter is a transfer request to move youth programming from the Department of Safety to other agencies that are more equipped to provide wrap-around services, and a request to ensure the budget can provide open and operational restroom facilities in all parks for 2021.
This year has been an unprecedented time of challenge, and the intense desire from our Denver residents to continue to provide essential services and address the systemic racism and social justice issues within our city and our nation have been at the forefront for City Council throughout the budget process.
“Denver City Council began to prepare for the 2021 budget process in July of this year. A year that we have faced a global pandemic, civil rights movement, and economic uncertainty. While our city’s general fund faces difficult shortfalls, we as City Council have carried forward the voices and values of equity for our constituents into the budget hearings and our 2021 budget requests,” said Council President Stacie Gilmore, adding “We recognize that every citizen of Denver has made great sacrifices during this time and I would like to humbly thank our amazing and resilient City employees who continue to serve our community’s to support those most in need.”
Gilmore delivered the letter to Mayor Hancock at noon today. Hancock will review the requests and submit his updated proposed budget to council on or before Oct. 19. Once the budget is submitted to council, a public hearing will be held. The hearing is currently scheduled for Oct. 26.
“This budget should be a direct reflection of our focus and our values as a city. City Council’s recommendations are directly rooted in the voices of our neighborhoods and in our core responsibility to ensure essential services are delivered while elevating the needs of our most vulnerable communities,” said President Pro Tem Jamie Torres.
On Nov. 2 Council will vote to amend the budget, needing seven votes to pass an amendment. There is a process in place for the mayor to reject an amendment, which Council can override by nine votes. The entire process will be completed by Nov. 9.
White House statement about School Lunch Week: During National School Lunch Week, we celebrate our Nation’s commitment to providing nutritious food to millions of students, and we recognize the many dedicated food service professionals and administrators who help carry out this mission. In a typical year, the National School Lunch Program provides meals to nearly 30 million schoolchildren every day across the country. These meals enable students in need to eat nutritious meals, which helps them achieve academic success and reach their full potential.
From the Governor’s office: There are a number of precautions Coloradans should take in order to reduce the risk of starting a fire: 1. Make sure to check your local or public land authorities for all fire and fireworks restrictions. 2. Be careful with anything that could start a fire. 3. If towing a boat or trailer, ensure your safety chains are properly secured and not dragging on the ground. 4. Never park your vehicle over dead grass and avoid driving through tall grass—your vehicle can ignite the fuels and start a fire. 5. When camping, never leave your campfire unattended. Ensure your campfire is “dead” out before leaving or turning in for the night. If your campfire is too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock today named Desmond Fulton as the next Chief of the Denver Fire Department (DFD). Fulton, a 22-year veteran of the department, will lead the over 1,000 firefighter personnel supporting the daily firefighting and rescue operations the residents of Denver depend on.