A Cincinnati Council committee is expected to approve a budget plan Wednesday that now includes no layoffs for police officers and firefighters. But about 60 other city employees will likely be out of work in a couple of weeks.
Back in March the city manager proposed laying off 344 city workers including police officers and firefighters.
Right now there are three separate budget motions and the plan is to combine them in one large item for Wednesday vote.
However the city's longer-term issue of spending more money than it takes in will continue.
Once again preventing park cuts and saving public safety jobs were the focus of many speakers during a Cincinnati Council hearing Monday night on the city’s budget.
There was a smaller crowd for the session at the College Hill Recreation Center, and about 30 speakers offered testimony.
About half of them are asking Council not to reduce funding for the parks department. The board that runs those facilities has threatened closures and reduced maintenance if the city manager’s budget is adopted.
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.”
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.