The earlier version of this story had an inaccurate overall budget. Camden City has a budget of $ 227 million.

Camden has struggled for decades with a host of financial problems: mismanagement, which led to the takeover of the state from 2002 to 2010; a recession that hit municipal budgets across the country but put Camden in disarray; reduction of basic services such as the fire service and the police department, the latter being so severe that the city handed over the police to county forces.

City officials, however, are trumpeting for improvement public safety, education and financial stabilityand say the latest sign of Camden’s return to financial health is his ability to present the Council’s budget on time for the first time in at least ten years.

“It took a lot of teamwork,” said Mayor Vic Karstarfen. The city’s $ 227 million budget, he added, will address issues he advertises as a priority for his administration, mostly through public feedback: road repairs and rehabilitation, city cleaning and beautification, and services aimed at children , young people and the elderly.

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