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A committee is recommending 43 programs receive human services funding from Cincinnati in the new fiscal year. Those programs are administered by 33 agencies.

Council will have the final say on whether the more than $3.4 million is provided in the budget, which must be approved by June 30.  

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Cincinnati's general fund budget deficit for the next fiscal year is getting worse.  

Budget Director Chris Bigham told council members Monday the shortfall is now estimated at between $29 and $34 million. In January, that deficit was slightly more than $23 million.

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A Franklin County, Ohio Common Pleas Court judge ruled Wednesday the state of Ohio can setup a centralized collection system for municipal income taxes.

Cincinnati and several other Ohio cities and villages filed a lawsuit challenging a recent state law on the issue.

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is recommending city council increase both the general fund and debt service property tax rates in the next fiscal year.

The information is in a "tentative tax budget" the city must submit to the Hamilton County Auditor's office no later than January 20.  The auditor's office reviews the information and then uses it to set millage rates so the amount of property tax revenue requested by the city can be collected from property owners.

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Cincinnati City Council will vote Wednesday on three ordinances needed to allow a plan to build a new Kroger store in Downtown to move forward.

The Budget and Finance Committee met Monday and approved the measures.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has used his veto power to fix what a council ordinance he believes would have resulted in a structurally unbalanced city budget.

On Wednesday, council voted 5-4 to reject a plan from City Manager Harry Black to boot cars with three or more unpaid parking tickets, a move that would have generated $600,000 for the city.

In Black's proposal, that money would be replaced with a $600,000 withdrawal from the urban development fund.

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Cincinnati Council has given final approval to the city budget totaling nearly $1.6 billion for the fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

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Cincinnati Council will continue work Wednesday morning on finalizing changes to the city's next two-year budget. The full council could approve the spending plan that afternoon.

As it stands right now, there is a $600,000 gap that must be closed after a council majority told city administrators not to move forward with a plan to contract with a company to "boot" vehicles that have three or more unpaid parking tickets.

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Cincinnati Council Members are still expected to take final votes on the city budget next week.  

They're supposed to submit their proposed changes by noon Friday.  

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It is now up to Cincinnati City Council to debate and decide what to include in the city's next two-year budget for the new fiscal year which begins on July 1.

City Council will use City Manager Harry Black's budget proposal, and the changes made to it by John Cranley, as a framework.

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Cincinnati residents have a final chance Wednesday evening to offer comments on the city's next two-year budget.

Once again attendance was light for a session Monday night at the Dunham Recreation Center in West Price Hill. Only 10 speakers offered comments on the spending plan.  

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Attendance was light for City Council's first public hearing on the budget for the next two years.

About two dozen people attended the session at the Mt. Washington Recreation Center. Only 11 people offered comments on the spending proposal.

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Privatizing the City of Cincinnati's parking system was a key issue when John Cranley was running for mayor in 2013. He opposed the idea, and the plan to privatize eventually fell through. But parking in the city, and how much money the system should generate, is still a contentious issue.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley rolled out his version of the $1.6 billion all-funds city budget Thursday afternoon, one in which he restored about $3 million in cuts that were in the budget proposal of City Manager Harry Black.

It is, Cranley said, a structurally balanced budget that plugs a $26 million deficit for this year.

Cincinnati city council members made it clear Monday that they don't much care for City Manager Harry Black's idea of plugging part of a budget hole with a parking ticket increase.

Black's proposed budget would increase parking tickets from $45 to $60.

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Frugal but structurally balanced. That's how Cincinnati's City Manager is describing his proposed 2018-2019 budget.

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At least three Cincinnati Council members want to revisit the city's living wage ordinance to increase the hourly pay rate for part-time city employees to at least $15 per hour.

The issue was raised Monday during a budget and finance committee meeting.  The members were being asked to approve a labor agreement for a group of part-time, seasonal workers.  

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black announced Wednesday the projected general fund budget deficit for the next fiscal year has ballooned to $25.1 million.

Earlier this year it was projected to be between $7 and $9 million.

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So far Cincinnati is not hitting the revenue projections needed to meet this year's city budget.  

Those revenues were about $2 million less than what was forecast through the end of December. Plus, income tax collections are $4.3 million below what was forecast for the fiscal year.

Cincinnati City Council has decided to keep collecting $28.9 million in property taxes to support the city's general fund budget.  

It has been at that amount for several years despite suggestions from city administrators to increase it.  

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Cincinnati City Council won't approve a new budget for another six months, but already the city manager is projecting a deficit of between $7 and $9 million.

The actual amount of the shortfall depends on city council setting the property tax rate.  

Cincinnati council is expected to vote Wednesday to increase water rates by 3.75 percent for each of the next 5 years.  

The funds will be used to continue the city's water main replacement program and also speed up efforts to replace lead service lines in the city.  

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Update 09/08/16 3:05 p.m.: Council members approved the raises Thursday by a 7-2 vote. Council members David Mann and Amy Murray were the two dissenting votes.

Original Post: The full Cincinnati Council is likely to vote Thursday on a couple proposals giving four to five percent pay raises to all city workers.  The increases would apply to union and non-union workers, except for department heads.  

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said Wednesday the city and the Fraternal Order of Police are back at the table negotiating a new contract for the city's police officers.

The talks come after city council delayed a decision this week on Mayor John Cranley's plan to increase salaries for all union workers.

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Cincinnati workers will have to wait a little longer to see if city council approves the pay raises Mayor John Cranley proposed last week.

A council majority voted to delay a decision until next month to learn more about the impacts the plan will have on city finances and collective bargaining.

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Update 7/29/16 at 9:00 p.m. -Mayor responds to manager's memo:

Mayor John Cranley said in a statement Friday evening he does not "believe our form of government is undermined when you send a proposed ordinance to council for approval."

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Cincinnati residents can now go online to offer suggestions for neighborhood projects they think should be funded in the next city budget.  

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Cincinnati council members are expected to get more information this month on the city's debt policy—a debt that has increased by more than $207 million since 2010.  

The group could be asked to approve that document in August.

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Cincinnati administrators will now begin the process of enacting the new budget for the fiscal year, which starts at the end of next week.  

Council voted Wednesday for the dozens of ordinances necessary to enact the spending plan.  In most cases, the council voted unanimously for some parts of the budget.  Council Member Kevin Flynn did vote no on some items and on the funding sources to pay for them.

Cincinnati Council's Budget and Finance Committee will meet again Wednesday morning to try to put the finishing touches on a budget for the new fiscal year which starts July 1st.  

The committee was supposed to do that Monday.  But work stopped concerning a disagreement over what should be included in an omnibus ordinance.  

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