The budget for fiscal year 2015 that Ann Arbor city administrator Steve Powers will present to the city council on April 21 will include funding for three new police officers, one additional fire fighter as well as a one-time expenditure of $1 million to address the backlog in street tree removal and needed pruning.
On April 16, 2014 a town hall forum took place for candidates in the Ann Arbor Democratic primary race. The event was hosted at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy as part of a class taught by the current mayor of Ann Arbor, John Hieftje. He announced last year that he would not be seeking re-election. That opened the field to Sabra Briere, Sally Petersen, Stephen Kunselman, and Christopher Taylor. All four are sitting city council members.