As Salt Lake City emerges from a year marked by economic uncertainty, a reckoning with racial injustice and an ongoing public health crisis, Mayor Erin Mendenhall said the community now confronts a turning point.

It’s time, she said, to “blaze a new trail.”

The mayor presented her recommended budget, which includes a general fund of just under $350 million, for the 2021-22 fiscal year Tuesday night to the City Council.

Mendenhall said a big infusion of federal cash coming from the American Rescue Plan, coupled with the city’s relatively strong economic position, presents an opportunity. She plans to pump more money into affordable housing, greater public safety, cleaner air and improved quality of life for west-siders.

“We have the chance to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our city and its people,”…

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