Cleveland budget includes more police, home demolition help

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland is slated to add 90 police officers, new staff to promote rental property inspections and health department employees focused on youth violence under a new spending plan for this year.

It gets a boost from $83 million in new tax revenue anticipated from the city income tax increase voters approved last November.

The city council approved the budget plan Monday, outlining $607 million in general fund spending. It includes $5 million for demolishing blighted homes and $1 million for housing rehabilitation efforts. reports those were among $8 million in adjustments by council members to the mayor’s proposal. Council President Kevin Kelley says those added expenses will be covered mostly by expected reimbursements from the Department of Homeland Security for policing costs during the Republican National Convention last year.