City Manager Outlines Budget Proposal for Mayor and Council

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega on Jan. 26 gave the Mayor and Tucson City Council an overview of his plans for the next budget year.

At a public retreat at Fire Central, Ortega unveiled preliminary proposals that include exploring diversified revenue opportunities, implementing plans for employee retention (including a 2.5 percent raise to begin this April), continuing to innovate and create operational efficiencies, and delivering unparalleled customer service.

In the Tucson 12 video below, Ortega also spoke of mandated payment increases to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) and possibly extending the amortization period to pay it. He also discussed rising insurance costs, capital needs, possible revenue enhancements, and more. Mayor and Council ultimately will decide whether to accept all or part of Ortega's proposals.