Council postpones property tax vote

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Council decided to postpone the property tax vote until Wednesday.

The property tax issue will go back to the Budget and finance Committee and then on to the full council during a special session slated for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

FOP President Kathy Harrell, who attended Tuesday's meeting, says she received a call from Mayor Mark Mallory Monday informing her police positions could be on the line.

"My understanding of it is because of this property tax not passing where he needed it to pass," Harrell said recalling the call.

"The mayor is not a member of this legislative body," Councilman Christopher Smitherman said.  "There are nine members of council that make those decisions."

While opposed to a property tax increase, Smitherman argues the budget can be balanced without laying off police and fire jobs by trimming in other city departments.

"Members of council need to realize that citizens are watching and tracking how they're spending the money," Harrell said.

Harrell says police officers have not received a raise since the end of 2010 and have extended their contract without increases through May of 2014.

City council will vote on the proposed property tax increased Wednesday during a Budget and Finance Committee Meeting and then take a final vote during a special session at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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