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Mayor Indya KincannonMayor Kincannon's Proposed Budget Invests in Public Safety, Housing, Great Places and Services

Mayor Indya Kincannon today proposed her 2023-24 budget, which continues to prioritize public safety and high-quality core City services while providing the continued investment needed to maintain infrastructure, support affordable housing, and create great parks and public spaces to serve Knoxville residents. The budget is balanced, and the City’s property tax rate remains unchanged at $2.1556 per $100 of assessed value – the lowest tax rate since 1974.

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2023-2024 Adopted Operating Budget [PDF]

2023-2024 Proposed Operating Budget [PDF]

2024-2029 Capital Improvement Program [PDF]

Mayor's 2023 State of the City Address  |  Video

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State of the City Program & Poem from Poet Laureate

Public Safety
Public Safety is Job #1. 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.

$88.4 million directly supporting the pay and benefits for employees of the Knoxville Police & Fire Departments

Expanded funding totaling over $1M to support programs and partnerships to reduce violent crime
• Continued funding for Turn Up Knox
• Grant funds to support local nonprofits serving individuals at the highest risk of violence
• 2 additional permanent staff positions to support the new Combined Office of Community Safety & Empowerment

$2.2+ million for additional Community Safety Partners and Nonprofits including:
• Family Justice Center
• Metro Drug Coalition
• Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center
• ChildHelp
• Young Williams Animal Shelter

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.

Nearly $7.5 million to Affordable Housing Fund including:
• $4.2 million for Transforming Western
• $1/2 million for Liberty Place-Veteran supportive housing
• $2.5 million for the Affordable Rental Development Fund

Over $1M local funds (supplemented by Federal funds) to address homelessness, including support for the new Knoxville-Knox County Office of Housing Stability.

$3.95 million in Parks and Recreational facilities including significant investments at:
• Lakeshore Park
• Williams Creek Golf Course
• And, a new park in the heart of Lonsdale

Nearly $3 million to support Arts & Cultural amenities including:
• $405,000 for local arts & Culture nonprofits
• Continued funding for Public Art, including new gallery space at the Arts & Culture Alliance
• Operating and capital support for Zoo Knoxville
• New funding to support the Beck Cultural Exchange Center

Clean and Resilient Future
The City is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, operating more efficiently, and delivering a more sustainable and resilient city to future generations.

Continued funding for the Office of Sustainability and other divisions that make Knoxville a greener, more resilient city:
• Stormwater Engineering
• Urban Forestry
• Waste & Resources Management

$15 million for Knoxville Area Transit, including funds to support the purchase of additional electric buses

Nearly $2 million in resilience and sustainability investments including:
• $800,000 for emergency repairs and proactive upgrades to the City’s stormwater infrastructure
• Upgrades of City equipment and facilities to improve energy efficiency
• Implementation of the City’s Green Fleet commitment
• Installation of community EV charging stations

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.

This budget includes $1.3 million to support economic and job development partners:
• Knoxville Chamber
• Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
• Centro Hispano
• 100 Knoxville Initiative
• Maker City

Nearly $1.5 million for programs that support educational and access to opportunity for young people, including:
• ConnectED, KUB’s Student Internet Access Program
• Community Schools
• Other youth-serving nonprofits

$300,000 to support the African American Equity Restoration Taskforce as it seeks opportunities to build generational wealth and reduce economic disparities in the Black community.

Budget Links

• 2023-2024 Budget Info
• 2023-2024 Adopted Operating Budget [PDF]
• 2023-2024 Proposed Budget [PDF]
• 2024-2029 Capital Improvement Program [PDF]
• Mayor's 2023 State of the City Address
• 2023 Budget Retreat & Presentations 
• 2022-2023 Six Month Financial Report [PDF]
• Budget Archive (budgets from years 2001-current)

Budget Calendar

January 25-27, 2023 - Capital Budget Hearings / Meetings with Departments
February 10, 2023 
- City of Knoxville Budget Retreat and Six Month Financial Report released
March 7-8, 2023 - Mayor's Budget Hearings 
April 26, 2023 - Mayor's State of the City Address and Proposed Annual Operating Budget released
May 2, 2023 - City Council First Reading of Proposed Budget & Tax Ordinances
May 9, 2023 - Legislative Budget Hearing & Public Hearing
May 11, 2023 - Knoxville-Knox Planning Commission Hearing on CIP
May 16, 2023 - City Council Second Reading of Proposed Budget & Tax Ordinances (City Council is expected to move to May 30, 2023)
June 15, 2023 - Last Possible Day to Approve Budget & Tax Ordinances
July 1, 2023 - New Fiscal Year Begins