More community events, 5 new police officers among new items in Carmel’s proposed 2019 budget


The Carmel City Council took its first public look at the proposed 2019 budget during two workshops last week.

The proposed $149 million budget represents a 6.4 percent increase from the 2018 budget and includes 3 percent cost of living raises for most city employees.

The city’s tax rate is expected to remain at 79 cents per $100 of assessed value.

“The reason the city can increase the budget without increasing rates is based on growth we continue to experience,” city spokesman Dan McFeely said.

Highlights include:

  • Five additional police officers
  • Additional street department maintenance operations
  • IT upgrades for community services
  • $125,000 in seed money to launch an international film festival
  • $20,000 for new furniture and furniture repairs in the mayor’s office
  • $50,000 for the Carmel Fund community initiative, a matching grant program through Legacy Fund
  • 5 percent increase for the arts over 2018
  • $28,000 to contract with the Carmel Clay Historical Society for photo archiving services
  • $25,000 increase for mental health services for police officers, including counseling and a mentorship program
  • 12 new vehicles and a new salt truck for the street department
  • Two new part-time employees for the fire department

State law requires that the budget be approved by Nov. 1. The council is likely to schedule a public hearing on the budget in October.

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