Finance Director Joe Estep said the proposed budget reflects that Charleston is making more revenue than it was the same time last year.
"The accumulation has been consistently strong all year long," Estep said.
During a meeting of council's Finance Committee Tuesday, council members briefly discussed the proposal. Councilman Tom Lane questioned the increase in health-care expenses over previous years.
Molgaard said more city employees claimed serious health issues last year and said that in previous years, the city has been lucky to have a relatively healthy work force.
"These are things that we couldn't deal with in preventative ways," he said. "Health-care costs are ultimately going to trend up."
Estep said council members could present the approved budget to the state Auditor's Office no later than March 28. He expects them to vote on the budget March 21.
Also during the meeting, council members agreed to pay TRC Engineers Inc., $280,000 to engineer and design a section of the Kanawha Trestle Walk and Bikeway System.
The engineers would look at removing one lane of vehicle traffic from Magic Island on Kanawha Boulevard to Patrick Street. It would add two bike lanes and a walking path.
Molgaard said the goal is to expand the trestle system to Capitol Street Market and over to the state Capitol Complex. Those plans are shelved until council members can raise about $20 million to revitalize the project, he said.
Council members also agreed to apply for a $33,000 grant to hire a fulltime victim services coordinator at the Charleston Police Department. The grant is provided by the Victims of Crime Act Grant Program.
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