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Cincinnati Council Member Charlie Winburn has introduced the first set of motions making changes to the budget plan submitted by Mayor John Cranley and City Manager Harry Black.

incinnati council members will now have several days to write motions to make their proposed changes to the city’s fiscal year budget, which will take effect July 1.

 

Some on council will use the comments they heard from residents during three public hearings to make those alterations to the proposed spending plan.

 

Cincinnati residents have one last chance Tuesday night to comment on the city's proposed budget for the fiscal year, which is set to begin July 1st.

City Council's Budget and Finance Committee is holding a final public hearing beginning at six o'clock at the College Hill Recreation Center, located at 5545 Belmont Avenue.

An overflow crowd filled a small room at the Oakley Recreation Center Thursday night for the first of three public hearings on Cincinnati's proposed budget for the new fiscal year.  

About 30 people offered comments on the spending plan during the two-hour long hearing.

Some Cincinnati Council members are still asking that audits of the Metropolitan Sewer District and the city's parks department be released before votes on the budget later this month.

It appears Cincinnati Council's decision to increase human services funding by $3 million last year is making a difference.  The funds are distributed to 34 programs focused on preventing homelessness and increasing gainful employment.   

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Wednesday his proposed budget revisions will include $12 million to buy the former Wasson Way line from Norfolk Southern.  That would allow the city to continue with plans for a bike/hike trail to connect several city neighborhoods.

The city reached an agreement with the railroad last year to purchase about 4.1 miles of Wasson Way for $11,757,000.  That deal expires on July 31, 2016, unless the city pays to extend the purchase option.  Cranley's plan means the transaction should be completed this summer.

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Standing outside of Westwood Town Hall Monday, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley emphasized the importance of investing in the city's neighborhoods. He announced the first of several changes to the city manager's proposed budget. Each is expected to focus on neighborhood economic development projects.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black laid out a $1.2 billion all-funds operating budget for the city for fiscal year 2017 Thursday that he says is structurally balanced – mainly because the city's revenue is expected to increase.

The full Cincinnati Council will likely vote Wednesday on a property sale and development agreement for Messer Construction to move its corporate headquarters to the West End.  

Right now it has an office on Tennessee Ave. in Bond Hill.  The new site is a former bread company building on Cutter Street.  

Cincinnati Council has decided the city should collect about $28.988 million in property tax revenue in 2017.  

City Council approved a tentative tax budget Wednesday asking for that amount of revenue.

Cincinnati Council is expected to take action Wednesday on the city’s 2017 property tax rate.  But what the group will approve is still being debated.  

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley vetoed the Fiscal Year 2017 tax budget resolution Friday, which city council approved earlier this week by a 6-3 vote.

The proposal sets the city’s property tax rate for calendar year 2017.  

Cincinnati Council has finalized the city's property tax rate for 2017, but the measure could be subject to a mayoral veto.  

Council voted 6-3 for a 5.6 mill rate .  That will generate about $29.3 million or about $400,000 more than this year.  Voting yes:  Flynn, Mann, Seelbach, Simpson, Sittenfeld, and Young.  Voting no:  Murray, Smitherman and Winburn.  

Cincinnati's property tax rates for 2017 will remain the same as the rates for 2016.  

A council committee approved the issue Monday and a full Council vote will likely come Wednesday.  The property tax rate for general operating expenses will remain at 5.6 mills, and the rate for debt service is 6.5 mills.

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