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Richmond City Council has approved of a new biennial budget for the 2019 and 2020 fiscal year which includes $150 million for construction of Richmond Public Schools and $3.4 million for pay raises for both city police officers and firefighters.

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The budget includes:

-A reduction in the water rate for single family residential customers

-A $733,000 increase for the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

-Four weeks of paid maternity leave for birth mothers and four weeks of paid parental bonding leave for the birth/adoption of a child (City of Richmond employees) and 2 weeks of leave to care for a sick parent

-A one percent salary increase for non-sworn, non-constitutional officer employees effective January of 2019

-Reinvestment of $12.5 million in Richmond Public Schools

-$3.4 million to further the FY2018 step based, pay raises for both sworn police and firefighters

-New Richmond Police Department positions to serve public housing communities

-$150 million for Richmond Public Schools construction

-More than $1.2 million for after school programs and student support services at Richmond elementary and middle schools

-$1 million to pave an additional 20 lane miles of neighborhood streets

-More than $630,000 to extend hours of operation at six Department of Parks, Recreation and        Community Facility sites throughout the city

-Free bus passes for every Richmond public high school student

-More than a $250,000 increase in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund


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