Cincinnati's proposed budget cuts funding for a program that guides revitalization and growth activities in some of the city's neighborhood business districts.
The all-volunteer group has received about $1 to $3 million a year from the city for many years. But the currently proposed spending plan cuts a large chunk of city capital money for Cincinnati Neighborhood Business District United.
A small number of people showed up Wednesday night to speak about the proposed Cincinnati budget for the next fiscal year. There were lots of empty chairs in the auditorium and only eight people offered testimony.
Some of them want continued funding for on road bicycle lanes. The proposed budget could cut money for bike lane maintenance and eliminate dollars to build new ones.
Cincinnati budget officials are working to put together the city's spending plan for the next fiscal year. Department heads will likely begin making presentations to Council about their budgets in two weeks.
Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Charlie Winburn had suggested those half hour presentations start at the end of May. But council members wanted more time for the process so the schedule was changed.
Council member Kevin Flynn asked for the additional time. He said the previous schedule was not aggressive enough.