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Mayor Indya Kincannon today proposed her 2022-23 budget, which prioritizes protecting the high quality of City core services, enhancing public safety, and allocating new funding for affordable housing, roads, parks and stormwater infrastructure.

2022-2023 Adopted Budget [PDF]
2023-2028 Capital Improvement Program [PDF]
Mayor's 2022 State of the City Address
Mayor Kincannon's Proposed Budget Invests Heavily in Protecting Core Services, Public Safety


Public Safety
People deserve to be and feel safe in Knoxville. Public safety is a core, basic function of government, and this budget invests in the Police and Fire Departments and supports partnerships that address urgent public safety needs.

$2.3 million invested in Fire and Police Department vehicles and equipment, including creation of a Real Time Crime Center, a critical tool in providing immediate police response to criminal acts

The late 2022 opening of the new Public Safety Complex at the vacated St. Mary's campus – a $63.7 million investment in public safety but also in community-building

    • The North Knoxville site will house Police, Fire, E-911, Pension System and City Court operations, with Lincoln Memorial University college classrooms and green space, housing or a mix of private redevelopment, and eventually an urgent care and behavioral health facility
Nearly $5.8 million for core public safety partners, including the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center, Family Justice Center, McNabb Center, Young-Williams Animal Center and E-911
    • $1.5 million in Community Agency Grants to local non-profits providing services ranging from mental health and addiction treatment to youth-serving programs

Healthy & Connected Neighbors
The City strives to ensure Knoxville is a great place to live – no matter your neighborhood – no matter your income. This budget supports affordable housing and projects and partners that enhance the quality of life across our community.

$10.8 million dedicated to increasing the availability of affordable housing and to creating pathways to housing and stability for individuals already experiencing homelessness
    • $4.2 million – Transforming Western plan for Western Heights
    • $1.6 million – First Creek at Austin Homes
    • $2.5 million – Affordable Rental Development Fund
    • $1 million – local funds (supplemented by $1.3 million in federal assistance) supporting homelessness services, including street outreach and the Foyer, a low-barrier shelter
    • $1.5 million – federal funds for permanent supportive housing
Park improvements – $10.2 million citywide
    • Significant investments:
      - Augusta Quarry / Fort Dickerson Park
      - Lakeshore Park
      - Ijams Nature Center
      - Lonsdale Park
      - Williams Creek Golf Course
      - Urban Wilderness
Connectivity is key – mobility and accessibility upgrades
    • $800,000 for new sidewalk design, repairs and curb cuts
    • $250,000 for Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades

Clean and Resilient Future
Increasing local renewables is a priority of the Mayor’s Climate Council. The City is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, operating more efficiently, and delivering a more sustainable and resilient city to future generations.

More than $20 million to proactively upgrade aging City stormwater and utility infrastructure (funded through the American Rescue Plan Act)
    • Includes priority investments, such as the Cherry Street Drainage Project ($2.3 million), flood mitigation and resiliency ($1.3 million), dilapidated pipe remediation ($1 million), Baum Drive Improvement Project ($700,000)

    • $2.75 million dedicated to improving water quality, restoring streams (including 1,000 linear feet of creek restoration in Mary Vestal Park)
Increasing opportunities to support renewable energy by partnering with KUB and TVA on Knoxville's first community solar array
    • KUB is building the 1-megawatt array on 3 acres at the City’s Public Works Service Center

    • It will generate enough renewable energy annually to avoid approximately 964 metric tons of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of saving more than 100,000 gallons of gasoline
Vision Zero in action: Safe roads, shared by motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists
    • Investing $8.6 million in transportation infrastructure at specific high-priority locations, including funds to create separated bike-pedestrian paths
      - Washington Pike
      - Neyland Drive
      - East Knox Greenway, connecting Harriet Tubman Park and the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Thriving Businesses & Good Jobs
A healthy economy supports a healthy community, and vice versa. This budget supports Knoxville as a great place to work, to invest, to visit, start a business, and to raise a family.

Nearly $1.2 million to support Knoxville’s economic development partners
    • Knoxville Chamber
    • KCDC
    • Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
    • Centro Hispano
    • 100 Knoxville
    • The Maker City initiative
    • Spark Cleantech Accelerator
KUB rolling out high-speed high-quality broadband
    • City funding $300,000 to KUB’s Student Internet Access Program, which will provide free access to qualifying low-income student households
Look for construction to begin this year on an $80 million City- and County-owned multi-use stadium in East Knoxville, just east of the Old City
    • The stadium – supported by a $13.5 million state economic development grant and a roughly $1 million annual lease paid by the Tennessee Smokies – is scheduled to open in time for the 2025 baseball season, though the stadium may possibly be ready in 2024 to host concerts, festivals or other public events
    • Total economic impact of the stadium and surrounding private development: $480 million over 30 years; more than 400 full-time jobs to be created



How Much Will the Tax Adjustment Cost Me?

* Based on Current Tax Rate of $2.46


  $100,000
appraised value
 
         
  Estimated monthly
increase
$10.42
 
         
 
Small house
 
     
  $200,000
appraised value
 
         
  Estimated monthly
increase
$20.83
 
         
 
Medium house
 
     
  $500,000
appraised value
 
         
  Estimated monthly
increase
$52.08
 
         
 
Large house
 
     



Where is the New Revenue Going?



Where is new revenue going?




Budget Links

• Proposed Annual Operating Budget [PDF]
• Adopted Annual Operating Budget [PDF]
• Capital Improvement Program 2023-2028 [PDF]
• 2022-2023 Budget Info
• Six Month Financial Report [PDF]
• Financial Update Presentation [PDF]
• Investing in Our City, Investing in People [PDF]
• Budget Archive (Budgets from years 2001-current)


Budget Calendar

January 26-28, 2022 - Capital Budget Hearings / Meetings with Departments
February 11, 2022 
- City of Knoxville Budget Retreat and Six Month Financial Report released
March 22-24, 2022 - Mayor's Budget Hearings 
April 22, 2022 - Mayor's State of the City Address and Proposed Annual Operating Budget released
May 3, 2022 - City Council First Reading of Proposed Budget & Tax Ordinances
May 13, 2022 - Legislative Budget Hearings & Public Hearings
May 17, 2022 - City Council Second Reading of Proposed Budget & Tax Ordinances
May 31, 2022 - City Council First Reading of proposed Capital Improvement Program from Knoxville-Knox Planning Commission
June 14, 2022 - City Council Second Reading of proposed Capital Improvement Program from Knoxville-Knox Planning Commission
June 15, 2022 - Last Possible Day to Approve Budget & Tax Ordinances
July 1, 2022 - New Fiscal Year Begins