Cincinnati Council officially balanced the budget Thursday for the next fiscal year that begins in a just a few weeks. But once again the plan relies heavily on one-time sources and juggling other funds to close a $35 million deficit.
There are no police and fire layoffs, but some 60 other city employees will be out of work.
Residents can also expect some city services to be affected... plus two recreation centers will close and five city swimming pools will be shut down after this summer.
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."