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.