city budget

Jay Hanselman

The full Cincinnati Council will vote Wednesday on a tentative tax budget that keeps the city's property tax rates for 2016 the same as this year.  

A committee approved the document Monday which must be submitted to the Hamilton County Auditor's office by January 16.  

Council Member Chris Seelbach voted against the tentative tax budget.

“We don’t have the full picture yet for me to say definitely this is the right way to go,” Seelbach said.

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."

A Cincinnati council committee is again delaying a decision on whether residents will see their water bills increase.

Council is considering three options: a 7.5 or 4 percent increase, or no rate hike at all.

Water Works Director Tony Parrott said no rate increase will cripple efforts to replace aging parts of the distribution system. The goal is one percent per year.

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.

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Council is expected to approve the city's operating budget Wednesday for the fiscal year which starts July 1st.  

The Budget and Finance Committee held a final public hearing on the spending plan Tuesday night.  25 people offered their comments at Midway Elementary School in Westwood.  

The majority of them spoke in favor of city funding to improve neighborhood business districts.

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