City, unions go to court

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The city's CODE and FOP unions were in court Monday for a hearing involving the city's budget.

The city of Cincinnati is dealing with a $28 million budget deficit and laid off over 300 city workers, including 138 police officers, to help deal with the cuts.

CODE and FOP filed a lawsuit, forcing the city to turn over all of its financial information. The unions claim the city's financial situation isn't as bad as city officials claim. The unions maintain there is a slush fund that could be used to help the budget deficit. However, city officials say the budget is as bad as they say it is.

During Monday's hearing, the judge said he would make a decision "shortly" as to whether or not he will impose a temporary restraining order against the city or not. If the order is imposed, it will stop the layoffs until the budget can be re-examined.

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