WESTFIELD - 61 percent of Westfield's 2017 budget will go towards public safety spending, including the hiring of two new police officers.

The Westfield City Council adopted the operating budget a meeting Monday.

The budget total is more than $36.2 million. The adopted tax levy is more than $20.3 million, and the tax rate was approved at 0.9836.

Other funding has been designated for public works projects, including:

• Designing a roundabout at 161st Street and Union Street

• Construction of the Monon Trail bridge over Ind. 32

• Road resurfacing and extending Westfield Boulevard from Ind. 32 to David Brown Drive.

One of Westfield's parks will also get a facelift with the installation of new playground and fitness equipment at Asa Bales Park.

Westfield's Net Assessed Value has increased by 9 percent over the past three budget cycles.