Faced with an estimated $14.8 million dollar budget gap, the Cincinnati school district is asking the public for ideas on reducing costs and raising revenue. Superintendent Mary Ronan says the general fund budget for next school year totals $474 million. Now the challenge is to balance the spending plan by the end of next month as required by law.
Ronan says the shortfall is because of state funding.
"We believe we are now back up to what we were getting in 2007," she said. "The last several years we saw significant cuts from the state."
If you were at Taste of Cincinnati last weekend and thought it seemed busier than usual, you were right. Lance Barry with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said the final estimate for the three-day event is in, and it's a record.
"We are projecting our numbers for the weekend to be right around 550,000," said Barry. " We were expecting them to be right around a half-million at 500,000, but we're now very easily projecting, comfortably, a 10-percent increase from even where we thought we'd be for the weekend."