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Posted on: December 13, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Savannah City Council unanimously passes 2022 budget

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Savannah City Council unanimously passes 2022 budget 

The Savannah City Council unanimously passed the 2022 Budget and Revenue Ordinance on Dec. 9. The $479 million proposed budget delivers high-quality and improved services while making investments to improve the lives of residents, with major investments in housing and improving sanitation services. 

The 2022 budget can be broadly broken into five categories:

  • Housing, homelessness and community support
  • Savannah safe
  • Investing in our neighborhoods
  • Back to basics
  • Investing in Team Savannah

Some major highlights are:

  • 8.4% salary increase initiative, including raising the minimum pay for City employees to $15 per hour
  • A historic $19 million in housing and homelessness initiatives
  • $9.5 million of mobility enhancements, including traffic, street and sidewalk improvements
  • $8.9 million for public safety facilities
  • $7 million allocated to improve the city's drainage infrastructure, including canal projects, storm sewer and pump station rehabilitation 
  • $6.7 million and 29 new positions to improve Sanitation operations, including significantly enhancing litter and recycling programs 
  • $5 million to construct a new Southside Community Center
  • $4.25 million of planned spending to upgrade the city's recreation facilities and amenities in every district 
  • $4 million for the continuation of the Tide-to-Town Loop
  • $4 million water meter modernization initiative to improve water billing and meter services
  • $3 million investment in digital government initiatives, and 
  • $1.2 million investment to support neighborhood revitalization, including a new initiative to clear, secure and maintain closed lanes City-wide, and tree pruning 
  • $1 million to support community-driven neighborhood safety and engagement initiatives
  • 39 total new positions added throughout the organization to improve City services, including an Equity and Innovation Officer 

The entire budget and the snapshot of the major highlights are available at

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