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Historic Cincinnati city council sworn in, waiting for budget

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The new Cincinnati city council was sworn in Thursday during a ceremony in council chambers.

Four new members - Democrats P.G. Sittenfeld, Yvette Simpson, Chris Seelbach and Independent Chris Smitherman - are joining council.

Five incumbents - Roxanne Qualls, Cecil Thomas, Charlie Winburn, Laure Quinlivan and Wendell Young - also return to council.

Already on the agenda is a balanced budget.

Members have thirty days to review City Manager Milton Dohoney's budget, set to be released Friday, Dec. 2.

"Revenue is up so this should not be as painful as a process as it's been in years past," said Sittenfeld.

Six year veteran Cecil Thomas is anticipating some cuts that will make people unhappy but does not expect cuts to police or fire.

"There may be some cuts to a number of areas, I don't want to start naming folks naming areas simply because it would be pre-mature," said Thomas.

"I just don't know, we haven't seen it. I think people are hopeful that it doesn't have to happen and I'm certainly one of those people," said Simpson.

"It's important to start this new day in Cincinnati...understanding that voters sent us a clear message this year...work together," said Seelbach.

Council must approve a balanced budget by Dec. 31.

This city council has its first openly gay member, as well as an African American majority for the first time in history.

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