About 50 people offered testimony Thursday night during the first public hearing on Cincinnati’s proposed 2013 budget.
Council’s Budget and Finance Committee listened to the comments.
More than half of those speaking offered testimony supporting funding for Media Bridges. It operates cable public-access channels and has a small radio station. It also offers free media production classes to individuals and groups.
A city union will not oppose plans to privatize the operation of some Cincinnati parking facilities in exchange for pay raises and a pledge from the city not to layoff any bargaining unit employees for 3 years.
The specifics are detailed in a memorandum of understanding between the city and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
25 union members will lose their positions in the parking division, but they'll be transitioned to other city jobs.
Cincinnati's Mayor is sending the City Manager's recommended budget to Council for its consideration.
Mark Mallory praised the administration's budget Tuesday and Milton Dohoney.
The mayor did make about a $1 million worth of changes to the proposed spending plan.
Mallory wants to restore $610,770 of funding for human services programs, some or all of $300,000 for Media Bridges, $50,000 for arts grants and $56,000 for a domestic violence advocate in the city's law department.