City of Memphis, Germantown to hold budget meetings Monday

City of Memphis budget hearing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Memphis City Council will continue its budget hearings Monday, hearing from several nonprofits and commissions requesting help.

While the vast majority of the city's $708 million budget goes to fund city services like police and fire.

This year, about $2.6 million has been set aside in the form of grants that will be awarded to non-profits and commissions.

City council members say they received 100 applications.

Last week, they heard from about three dozen applicants including My City Rides. The non-profit organization requested $26,000 to help buy scooters, so they can help more Memphians get to work.

"Transportation is one of the biggest challenges that many Memphians face and this program offers an opportunity to address that," said Andy Nix, My City Rides.

Monday, council members will hear from the Black Business Association, Memphis River Parks and the Family Safety Center among many others, hoping for a piece of the pie.

The council plans to announce which groups will receive a grant on May 23.

Germantown budget hearing

Germantown leaders will also discuss the city's proposed budget Monday.

Germantown's proposed budget totals $175 million and safety is a top priority.

It includes money to hire more police and firefighters, more school crossing guards and about a million dollars to upgrade school security.

City staff would also receive a three percent pay raise.

Monday will be the first reading of the budget, with a second reading and public hearing expected on June 10.

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