City Council approaching deadline for budget vote

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Council has until the end of the week to vote on a balanced budget for 2014.

Several council members have proposed plans that they think will give Cincinnati a balanced budget for fiscal year 2014. Those plans were discussed at Tuesday's Budget and Finance Committee meeting.

One of those them, proposed by Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and supported by council members Yvette Simpson, Chris Seelbach, Wendell Young and Pamula Thomas, reduces the number of fire layoffs to zero.

City leaders say that will save the city $900,000 because it won't have to repay back a federal grant.

"I think this makes safety sense. I also think for the year ahead of us this makes economic fiscal sense," said Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan says she is focused on a plan that will balance the budget beyond 2014.

"I feel like what we are doing now is just going to make matters worse," she expressed.

Quinlivan proposed her own plan but it doesn't have other council members support, nor the support of the police union.

Saying to all city employees to take eight furlough days, it could save every single job. Every part time job, every full time job. Everything that was cut in the city manager's budget," said Quinlivan.

Councilman Chris Smitherman wants all parking meter revenue and fines to be used to balance the budget, and a $0.25 increase to parking meters within the City of Cincinnati.

He also wants City Manager Milton Dohoney to pay back his recent $35,000 bonus.

Another council member, Chris Seelbach, believes the city is moving in the right direction.

"Revenues are coming in higher than expected every month. We will continue to make responsible decisions to make sure Cincinnati is safe, but also is investing in the economic development opportunities and increase our population and in the long term solve all of these problems," said Seelbach.

City Council is expected to vote Thursday on a new budget.

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