Cincinnati Council is a step closer to allocating the $18 million dollar surplus from the city's last fiscal year.
The Budget and Finance Committee Monday approved the city manager's plan for using the funds.
There was some debate about the process. Council Member Amy Murray supports the manager's recommendations.
"But it's not like a Christmas fund," Murray said. "It's not giveaway money. So I think the administration has been very prudent in where they've allocated this money and that is the administration's job to give us recommendations."
Cincinnati administrators will now begin the process of implementing the fiscal year 2015 budget.
City council Wednesday approved the 17 ordinances needed to enact the spending plan. The votes were 6-3 on the major changes to the budget. Council adopted Mayor John Cranley's proposal with about a dozen changes to it. Cranley said it sends the right message.