Tampa - Tampa mayor Bob Buckorn presented his $876 million budget to the city council Thursday morning.
The budget includes dozens of projects to fix roads and drainage problems.
The biggest chunk, 62 percent, goes to public safety. But millions will also go to making Tampa a better place.
Among improvements mayor Buckhorn wants to include in next year’s budget, renovation of the building he stood Thursday, City Hall. Estimated cost $16.6 million.
Also on the budget wish list, drainage improvements to address some of the flood prone areas, road work, and neighborhood projects, like a major fix for Cuscaden Pool.
The budget will be balanced for the first time in five years without having to go reserves.
The Mayor says he’s encouraged after Tampa was hit so hard by the recession.
“It’s been a tough five years, it’s been a painful five years. We’ve eliminated over 700 jobs. We are doing a lot more work with a lot less money and a lot less people. But I think we have turned the corner and now the goal is to take this momentum and keep growing the economy and keep government small and use that additional money to fix things that needed to be fixed for years," Buckhorn said.
Before the city council votes on the budget, they'll hold two public hearings, one on September 4 and the other on September 17.