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 City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. is recommending closing a $34 million general fund deficit with a series of cuts and a large chunk of one-time money from letting a private company manage the city's parking facilities.
He sent his plan Monday to Mayor Mark Mallory, who'll review it and forward it to City Council.
Dohoney said it wasn't possible to close the large gap with cuts alone.