Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said the city's budget concerns are looking up.
During a media briefing Tuesday, Mayor Stanton said, "As mayor, I am not suggesting that happy times are here again and everything is solved. It's not like that, but we are cautiously optimistic that we are heading in the right direction."
The mayor said the city was set to vote on a budget Tuesday afternoon.
"I always keep an open mind before a vote, but in general I've been supportive of the proposed budget," Stanton said.
Stanton said the planned budget will do a lot to restore services that had to be cut back in years past.
"It will increase library hours; it will increase the number of after school programs; it will increase our swimming pool season. So now kids will actually be able to go swimming for the entire summer, whereas the last few years we've had to shrink that time period," Stanton said.
Stanton said he wanted to focus on the programs that directly affect our children, but said additional money would also go toward police and fire departments.
"We have for the first time in many years reached a very positive budget."
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