Cincinnati City Council passes budget, saves public safety jobs

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - City Council's Budget and Finance Committee voted 5-4 on a budget for fiscal year 2014 that will save public safety jobs.

Eight of nine council members signed the budget motion on Wednesday. Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan did not sign, saying the budget needed long term balance.

On Thursday, P.G. Sittenfeld, Chris Smitherman and Charlie Winburn also opposed the budget.

Councilwoman Yvette Simpson was one of the council members who voted for the budget.

"We knew this was going to be a tight budget. We've been talking about it for a long time. The revenues just aren't there to support the things the citizens need and want and so one of the major things that brought us together on the motion was the understanding that we have to keep police and fire levels where they are," said Simpson

For the last three years, Laure Quinlivan has side with the majority and voted for every budget that spared police and fire until Thursday.

"I had hope for this group because it's a new group of council members but it's the same old story...I don't think that they're going to change their position about saving police and fire at all costs and so I just can't go along with that anymore," said Quinlivan.

The budget prevents all police and firefighter layoffs, but 67 city employees will be laid off, effective June 9. Of the positions being laid-off 32 are part-time employees, 28 are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union and seven are not part of a union.

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