Mayor submits budget with fewer layoffs to council

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory submitted his changes to the 2014-15 budget on Wednesday, and it includes fewer layoffs.

The budget submitted by City Manager Milton Dohoney included 201 layoffs, including 66 police officers and 71 firefighters.

Mayor Mallory made changes to the budget to lessen the layoffs to 53 firefighters and 49 police officers. Mallory's budget also restores three positions to the health department and two positions to the law department.

Mallory is also cutting $32,000 from his office budget.

"In order to restore as many positions as possible, I have eliminated funding to several outside organizations," said Mallory in the memo to City Council. "It is a difficult decision. I strongly believe in the City's partnerships with those organizations and would prefer to continue to provide funding."

Those cuts include:

  • Center for Closing the Health Gap ($100,000)
  • The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce ($100,000)
  • The Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce ($100,000)
  • The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission ($50,000)
  • The Neighborhood Support Program, and the Neighborhood Business District Support Fund ($215,000 combined). 
  • Port Authority ($200,000) 
  • Reducing the subsidy for Nature Education ($253,000) 
  • Reducing the subsidy to 3CDC for Fountain Square ($85,000)
  • Close Mt Auburn Center and the Westwood Town Hall ($185,325)
"There are a number of organizations in those cuts that represent the economic development ecosystem," said Denyse Ferguson, Sr. V.P. Of Economic Development at Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce. "At this point of time I think the most important thing for us to focus on is the growth of the region."  

Since the Manager's proposed budget went to print, the Budget Department has identified an additional $500,000 in unspent funds from this year that can be applied to the next budget. The Finance Department has determined that there is an additional $1 million in 
revenue in FY 2013 that can be used in the FY 2014 budget.

"I look forward to working with City Council to finalize a City Budget that minimizes the 
negative consequences of the delay in implementing the Parking Modernization Plan," said Mallory. "It is my hope that the delay is short, and that we will soon be able to move forward with a comprehensive solution to the Biennial City Budget that will continue our investment in 
growth and increase and improve our services to citizens of Cincinnati."

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