The troubled Denver Sheriff Department would spend $24 million in next year’s proposed city budget to hire dozens more deputies, upgrade a well-worn computer management system, and expand training on inmate care and use of force.
In a $1.8 billion operating plan for 2016, Mayor Michael Hancock and his advisers also want to devote $8 million for affordable housing subsidies, a key part of his second-term agenda. His staff is working on a plan that would raise $15 million a year for affordable housing beginning in 2017.
Other budget increases next year include 51 more child welfare staffers to reduce caseloads, the opening of a homeless “solutions center,” new staffing to tackle building permit delays and $1 million to advance plans for a potential Colfax Avenue bus rapid transit line, with dedicated lanes during rush hour.
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