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What would you do with $19M? City plans to save some, spend on body cams, Narcan and more

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

For the City of Cincinnati, fiscal year 2015 ended with a surplus.

City Manager Harry Black is recommending spending just shy of $6 million of the budget surplus on fighting crime. 

The City's General Fund ended fiscal year 2015 with an carryover amount of $19 million, compared against the original 2015 budget estimated at $3.9 million, an increase in fund balance of $15.9 million, according to a memo sent by Black. 

The surplus is primarily the result of an increase of $11.8 million in one-time revenue and expenditure savings of $2.3 million, according to Black's memo. The fiscal year 2016 approved budget does not use any of the $19.0 million carryover balance, Black said.

Here is the breakdown of some of the recommendations of the City Manager's plan for $19 million surplus:

  • $12 million in savings
  • $3,375,000 – SAFER STREETS (Public Safety-related Transfers)
    • $2 million for evolving technology – technology for police cruisers cruisers
    • $2 million for body cams
    • $500,000 for police visibility overtime/hot spots
    • $200,000 for witness protection program
    • $150,000 for Narcan kits for the fire department
    • $50,000 start-up for police mounted patrol
    • $150,000 data scientist for crime statistics
    • $150,000 CIRV outreach with teens
    • $175,00 re-entry for ex-offenders (partnership with Hamilton County)
  • $625,000 – Thriving and Healthy Neighborhoods
    • $250,000 for youth jobs initiative
    • $125,000 for Main street 2-way traffic improvement
    • $100,000 for the Bethany House/Family Homelessness Project
    • $50,000 for the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation Housing Study
    • $100,000 for  the Energy Efficient Grant Program

Black will present the plan at a Finance Committee meeting on Oct. 12. 

The plans will have to be approved by City Council. 

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