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Cincinnati City Council approves budget; no layoffs, water rate hike

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley speaks during a meeting Wednesday at City Hall. Wayne Cross/FOX19 Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley speaks during a meeting Wednesday at City Hall. Wayne Cross/FOX19
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati's $358 million budget for its next fiscal year passed city council Wednesday.

Among the highlights there are no layoffs, more police officers and additional firefighters which would eliminate brownouts.  The city will spend 5 percent less than the current fiscal year.

The city's fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.

On the flip side, all departments face a 4 percent reduction.

As we told you earlier this week, the city will delay a $4 million dollar payment to neighborhoods until 2017.

While the overall budget passed, one portion of it did not. That's a proposed 7.5 percent increase in water rates. Council will possibly take another shot at that issue next week.

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