CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County commissioners unanimously passed the county's 2010 budget on Wednesday.
The $210 million budget reduces spending to the lowest since 1999, does not raise taxes and keeps core services in tact.
Highlights from the budget include:
- A reduction in spending of $60 million dollars from just two years ago;
- 70% of the budget is dedicated to public safety, including the Sheriff, Prosecutor, and Courts;
- The budget keeps the County's crime lab open and operational;
- The budget provided enough funds to avoid any reduction in jail space, avoid further Sheriff's Deputy layoffs, and adds dollars to rehire Sheriff's Deputies laid off in 2009;
- The budget continues to invest in County efforts to bring and retain jobs and businesses to the County;
- The budget continues the Commission focus on reforming government and "sharing services" so all levels of government in the County live within their means and do more with less;
- The budget continues the commitment to rebuild the County reserves.
"This was a difficult budget process, but all the County departments stepped up to cooperate and be creative in such difficult economic times." Hamilton County Commission President David Pepper said. "While many sacrifices were made, we were able to reduce our spending to a level not seen in a decade and still fund our top priorities of public safety and economic development. And we are living within our means."