In his 10th budget address, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung discussed school security and public safety.
“Our children have always been at the forefront, and they will continue to be in this budget,” Fung said.
The mayor’s budget appropriates two and half million dollars for safety and fire updates at city schools. New this year, the mayor is allotting money specifically for school security details in light of the recent school shooting in Florida.
“We added another hundred thousand dollars to our police to support additional police details that will help on top of the school resources officers, as well as the regular patrols that are in the schools randomly throughout the day,” Fung said.
The mayor says he is also focused on public safety, budgeting for three new police officers and a second police substation at Hall Manor.
The budget does not include an increase in taxes for the fifth time in seven years, but the mayor says residents might still see an impact on their wallets.
“The tough part for some of our residents is that it is a revaluation year,” he said. “So, while it is great news that we are holding the line on raising property taxes, and not raising the sewer use fee, some people will see an increase because the values overall have gone up throughout the city.
Fung has also allotted funding to address the opioid crisis, money for two new dog parks, a new playground, a new liner for Budlong Pool, continued improvements at Cranston Stadium, a new softball field at Hope Highlands, a new playground at Eden Park Elementary School, $5 million for new public works equipment and traffic safety improvements, two new fire trucks and a new vehicle bay at Station 1 in Edgewood.
Fung also announced the city wants to eliminate all fees for children and teen books at the Central Library.
The budget now heads to the Cranston City Council, and will be reviewed at a series of budget meetings before it gets a final approval later this spring.