Cincinnati budget

Cincinnati budget
3:49 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Qualls/Seelbach plan to further reduce public safety layoffs

Cincinnati City Council chamber
Michael Keating

Two Cincinnati Council Members are supporting a plan to eliminate all the proposed firefighter layoffs while reducing police officer layoffs to 25.  

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and Council Member Chris Seelbach announced the proposal Thursday.

“We will continue to look for additional savings that could reduce layoffs even further,” Qualls said in a press release.  “We must preserve essential services that keep all of our neighborhoods safe and clean.”

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Cincinnati budget
12:27 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Mayor Mallory reduces public safety layoffs in his budget

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory
Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory's budget plan released Wednesday reduces the number of police and fire department layoffs.  But 53 firefighters and 49 police officers would still be out of work in early June.  

Mallory said he believes the public safety layoffs are unavoidable.

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Cincinnati budget
3:18 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Cincinnati park supporters outlining possible cuts

If the Cincinnati Parks' budget is cut, all park fountains - like these at the newly opened Smale Riverfront Park - could run dry this summer, according to park advocates.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati park officials are laying out some drastic changes you could expect this summer if proposed budget cuts are approved by City Council. Fountains could be turned off, lakes could be drained and flower beds could go unplanted.

Ault Park's Facebook page lists more closings that could be considered including the Mt. Airy Dog Park and Disc Golf course, a handful of entire parks, and all park restrooms.

Here's a letter being circulated by one park advocacy group:

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Cincinnati budget
12:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Cincy manager reduces layoffs in his budget plan

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney Thursday presented his proposed budget for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1st.   His plan included layoffs for 201 city employees, but that’s down from the 344 he first discussed last month.

Dohoney’s budget plan was given to Mayor Mark Mallory, who now has ten days to review it and make changes before sending it to City Council.

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Cincinnati budget
5:19 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Cincy Council discuss options for city budget

Jay Hanselman

Can Cincinnati balance its next budget without money from a proposed parking lease or massive layoffs?  The answer to that question depends on who you ask.  

City administrators say it's mathematically impossible to balance without one or the other.  

But some Council Members disagree.  P.G. Sittenfeld said during a special meeting Thursday there are options.

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