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Mayor: No money for Clifton market, bus shelters

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham) Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley urged City Council on Monday to work together to pass a budget by month's end. 

"I don't believe the American people think Congress is doing a good job managing our nation's finances," he said in a City Hall press conference. "We should not emulate their practices. Luckily, our charter empowers me to insure that a structurally budget can be passed without additions we can't afford."

Cranley, who has veto power, said he would eschew "non-essential" spending for items such as a Clifton grocery store, bus shelters and new bike paths. He claims that funding these projects means ignoring bigger issues.

"Police, fire cruisers, salt trucks, garbage trucks that are out of life cycle. And of course I don't have to tell the people of Cincinnati that the roads are not in good condition," Cranley said. "We can't cannibalize the cities capital needs an infrastructures for a new venture when we've got potholes to fix and roads to pave."

If the mayor chooses to veto the budget, City Council would need six votes to override it.

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