Residents weigh in on city's budget

By Steve Oldfield - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The city of Cincinnati hopes to iron-out some bumps in its budget by next week.

On Wednesday, residents weighed in on the plan at a public hearing.

Many were happy to know that a plan to charge residents an extra fee for garbage collecting is pretty much trashed.

Mayor Mark Mallory and city manager Milton Dohoney have figured out a way to eliminate a $9 million budget deficit by making some cuts, which we'll be hearing more about over the next week.

The amount of the general fund budget stands at $350 million for things like salaries for city workers. There are 6,000 employees on the payroll, and as for right now, all those jobs are safe for 2009.

Right now, there's a $14 million dollar deficit for 2010. On Friday, councilman Chris Monzel will propose some cuts.

The next public hearing will be Monday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. in council chambers.