Meridian set its budget last night with dozens of new staff and investments in public safety and housing.
The 2023 budget was approved in a 5-1 vote, with council member Luke Cavener voting no. The budget was praised by council members for its straightforward spending and its emphasis on public safety in a growing city.
The budget will take the maximum allowed 3% property tax collections increase. The tax increase and $30 million in the city fund balance that has no identified use pushed Cavener to vote against it.