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Commissioners tackle city budget

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AMARILLO, TX - Over the next three days, the Amarillo City Commission is looking to decide the city's budget for the coming year.

The city commission is looking at an operating expense of nearly 300 million dollars for the next year. Commissioners tell NewsChannel 10, the budget has a brighter future than they expected. That's because sales tax revenue in Amarillo is up eight percent.

Meaning, an added three million dollars will help commissioners put more money into infrastructure. Some of that includes downtown revitalization.

"During the last election, citizens made it very clear that they like the idea of re-doing our downtown and they wanted to move ahead with that. A whole lot of what we are doing this budget year involves the vision of the future and how we are going to implement that." said commissioner, Dr. Brian Eades.

More money could also be pumped into public safety. The commission may allot more money to police department to add more officers to the force. Commissioners are also looking at pumping more money into community development block grants. That's a city department that saw millions of dollars cut from the budget in federal dollars.