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The council is using $21.6 million of additional revenues to shift certain employees from the capital budget to the operating budget, and will place what remains in the city’s general fund. It will then fund priorities on its list, the order of which changed numerous times during budget talks.

The health care priority is followed by $12.5 million for the Department of Health’s school nurse program in third position, then $10.8 million for MPD officers; the remaining five items fund various housing initiatives and social services.

Council member Phil Mendelson, at-large Democrat and chairman the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, voted against the council’s budget plan because it did not emphasize police recruitment. He had introduced an amendment that would restore police staffing to No. 1 on the council’s contingency wish list, but his colleagues voted it down.

Mr. Gray noted that the fiscal 2012 budget provides for hiring 120 police officers, with 30 of them already in process and another 30 expected in September.

“It isn’t as if we’re going to be completely stymied,” Mr. Gray said. “We will have two-thirds of those police officers accommodated.”

However, attrition is expected to eliminate 180 officers in the coming fiscal year.

The mayor noted that there will be additional revenue projections in September and December, both of which will be available before reductions in the force outpace recruitment. He said he hopes the estimates will bring in “additional money to recruit the other 60 and bring them on board.”

If it does not, he said, “That means we would have to re-establish priorities if we feel that those police officers are absolutely critical to us being able to maintain safety here in the city.”