A Hamilton County Judge has issued a permanent injunction on the City of Cincinnati's plan to privatize parking, meaning voters may decide the issue.Judge Robert Winkler issued the decision on ThursdayFull Story >
A Hamilton County Judge has issued a permanent injunction on the City of Cincinnati's plan to privatize parking, meaning voters may decide the issue.Full Story >
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Mayor Mark Mallory held a round-table meeting Tuesday to discuss the benefits of the city's halted parking plan and to clear up perceived misconceptions about the plan. The Mayor and Administration argueFull Story >
Mayor Mark Mallory held a round-table meeting Tuesday to discuss the benefits of the city's halted parking plan and to clear up perceived misconceptions.Full Story >
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The Middletown Firefighters union IAFF Local 336 decided to reject the City of Middletown's tentative agreement that would have saved the department nearly a dozen jobs. According to IAAF Local 336,Full Story >
The Middletown Firefighters union IAFF Local 336 decided to reject the City of Middletown's tentative agreement that would have saved the department nearly a dozen jobs.Full Story >
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Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomb attack on an army checkpoint has killed nine people, including four soldiers, south of Baghdad.Full Story >
The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.Full Story >
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An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.Full Story >
An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock...Full Story >
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Where's the best place to watch the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks? We asked FOX19 NOW viewers to vote on where to find the best seat in town!Full Story >
Where's the best place to watch the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks? We asked FOX19 NOW viewers to vote on where to find the best seat in town! Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A Hamilton County Judge issued a permanent injunction on the City of Cincinnati's plan to privatize parking on Thursday. In response, a frustrated mayor reacted to the ruling.
"We don't have any alternatives. There's no group we can turn to that can give us enough money to fill a budget hole so that we don't have to lay off police officers and firefighters," said Mayor Mark Mallory of the ruling on the city's parking plan.
With that ruling, the process of laying off workers, including police and firefighters, could soon be underway. On the heels of the new, the city's firefighter union leader says they've been notified about the potential plans, and it's simply not fair.
"The public has a right to know that when they go to sleep at night, or when they're carrying out their business throughout the day, that they're being protected both with fire, medical and police services. To say that we're going to cut these services because of budget constraints or issues or something like that, I think is completely unfair to the public," said Matt Alter, president of Local 48.
City officials say they've tried everything to avoid this, and they're still working to find a way around all of it, but it's likely that "Plan B" and layoffs could be the only option.
"Make no mistake, we are going to exercise all of our options, but as of today, we begin with Plan B," said City Manager, Milton Dohoney.
A former city council member is also speaking out. He says these budget shortfalls are not a new thing, at least to him.
"I've been saying for years that we have to cut spending in order to balance the budget, just like households. You can't spend more than you take in, and the city's been doing that for years. You can't sell assets like your parking system to fill short term holes in your budget," said Jeff Berding, a former council member.
For city fire leaders, it's a waiting game right now. They're already down around 100 firefighters and at five brown-outs a day. If the numbers hold true, they could lose 120 more firefighters, including a class of 40 set to graduate Friday.
"120 firefighters represents 10 fire companies. That's 1/4 of the fire department. That's on top of brownouts that we do everyday, and that doesn't include that overtime that would probably be cut, which is an additional 5 companies. We're talking 20 fire companies closed everyday. 50% of the Cincinnati Fire Department, closed," added Alter.
We reached out to the Cincinnati Police Department, and a spokesperson told us it's too early to talk about the layoff situation.
But, the state's democratic party says it's all Governor Kasich's fault.
FOX19 reached out to the governor's office for a response.
Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Gov. Kasich, told us, "Mayor Mallory has consistently rejected proven strategies to control costs through sharing services, and then when the chickens come home to roost, he tries to dodge responsibility and blame others. While the state of Ohio's credit outlook has been upgraded, under Mayor Mallory's watch, the city's credit outlook has been downgraded because the Mayor continues to kick the can down the road."
Saturday, August 30 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-08-30 13:01:41 GMT
Five families have been displaced after a three-alarm fire in Walnut Hills Friday afternoon. Officials say the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 2600 block of May Street. Firefighters respondedFull Story >
Five families have been displaced after a three-alarm fire in Walnut Hills Friday afternoon.Full Story >