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Councilman says he found money to save jobs

By Corey McConnell – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)-- Cincinnati City Councilman Charlie Winburn has submitted a proposal to balance the city's budget and he says, save all Police, Fire, CODE Union, and Sanitation workers jobs.

In a press conference on Monday Winburn told reporters that he hasn't balanced the budget but he's found 20 million dollars that will save the 135 police officers, 47 firefighters, 13 CODE Union members, and 47 sanitation workers whose jobs were cut on the city manager's budget proposal. 

Winburn says he's found 20 million dollars, the other 31 million will have to come from the City Manager's proposed cuts. 

Five of the nine City Council Members submitted budget proposals to the Finance Committee Chair Laketa Cole.  Cole expressed frustration that she didn't get any proposals from Leslie Ghiz, Chris Monzel, Jeff Berding, and Chris Bortz.  "It's easy to stand on the sidelines and throw rocks and point fingers." Cole said of the four members.  For his part, Chris Bortz tells FOX 19, "It leads to people entrenching and grand standing.  I didn't want to be a distraction."

All of the proposals have been submitted to the City's Administration for review to determine if they're fefeasiblend legal.  Council must pass a balanced budget by the end of the year.

For more information on the City Manager's budget proposal click here.

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