Ann Arbor's City Council is expected to vote on the 2017 fiscal year budget tonight. It's the second part of a two-year spending plan.
The proposed $370 million budget includes $720,000 dollars to replace street lights in Kerrytown. 5th ward councilman Chip Smith wants to see two amendments added tonight: The first would add a $100,000 dollar expenditure for a commercial composting pilot project.
"What we're trying to do is divert waste from the landfill, and the most recent waste sort that we did back, I think it was in 2012, 40% of what was going into the landfill was organic material."
The second amendment would expend $85,000 to continue offering community climate action programs to teach the public and businesses how to conserve energy.
The proposed budget also includes over $500,000 to hire new employees.
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