Cincinnati officials are showing a nearly $16 million General Fund deficit for the next budget year starting July 1st.
The information is contained in a tentative tax budget city council's Budget and Finance Committee will consider during a public hearing on January 6th. The document must be provided to the Hamilton County Auditor by January 20th. That office will use it to set the property tax millage rate for 2015 based on estimated property valuation.
Six Cincinnati Council Members are ready to restore about $4 million to the recently approved city budget after better than anticipated revenue collections for May and June.
The funds will be used for things like recreation, parks, human services and the health department. Council Member Laure Quinlivan said there's added money for parks too, which was a popular topic during public hearings in May.
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.