City's financial information to be released

By Meghan Mongillo - bio | email
Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati's city solicitor will turn over the city's financial books on Thursday.

John Curp says the documents are public record and he'll give them anything and everything.

Several unions for city employees want to see the records because they think the city's deficit isn't as high as claimed and that employees shouldn't be laid off.

As it stands now, city leaders say Cincinnati is $28 million in the hole and 319 jobs are cut, including 138 police officers.

The Fraternal Order of Police and CODE unions filed a lawsuit against the city to get the real numbers.

Code lawyer Bill Gustavson says $12.6 million listed on an August report as "unappropriated surplus" should be spent before people are given the pink slip.

But city officials say the money is only a projection on paper.

The city solicitor is expected to release expenses, including cost of take-home vehicles and the mayor's security team.

Four city council members - Chris Monzel, Leslie Ghiz, Chris Bortz and Jeff Berding - have also asked for a private audit to be done, so a Cincinnati accounting firm is also looking into the books.

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