Requests from city departments would push next year's budget up by $12.3 million if officials want to maintain current levels of service, according to a draft of the 2012 budget.
The city released a draft of its departmental requests late Tuesday. It shows that the city would need $197.5 million to keep its current level of services for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The current budget is $185.2 million.
The Chattanooga City Council is expected to review two different budget proposals: one with a zero-percent increase and one that maintains current services. The council is expected to talk in detail about the budget requests on March 10.
For more information, read tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.