Cincinnati Council officially balanced the budget Thursday for the next fiscal year that begins in a just a few weeks. But once again the plan relies heavily on one-time sources and juggling other funds to close a $35 million deficit.
There are no police and fire layoffs, but some 60 other city employees will be out of work.
Residents can also expect some city services to be affected... plus two recreation centers will close and five city swimming pools will be shut down after this summer.
Right now eight of the nine Cincinnati Council Members are supporting a budget plan that prevents any layoffs in the police and fire departments. The Budget and Finance Committee approved the budget motion Wednesday. But those numbers may change some when final votes are taken Thursday.
But about 60 other city workers will get pink slips in a few weeks and some services will be scaled back in order to close a $35 million general fund deficit.
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.