( Cincinnati ) City Manager Milton Dohoney has submitted his first draft of the proposed 2014 budget to Mayor Mark Mallory. In it, Dohoney uses a variety of methods to close a $35 million budget gap through "staff reductions; reduction of funded positions that are vacant; furlough days for City Management; reductions to funding to outside agencies; departmental savings; use of casino money; use of carryover from the 2013 fiscal year; and a series of 2014 expenditure reductions and 2014 revenue adjustments and enhancements."
Read the entire budget here ------> View Document
The biggest change comes in the number of suggested layoffs. In the police department the numbers fall from 149 to 66. Fire personnel layoffs have been reduced from 118 to 71. The number of non-sworn layoffs is being reduced to 64 people. In addition, 59.9 full-time equivalent vacant positions are being eliminated. Under this scenario, there are no planned police or fire recruit classes.
Numerous organizations, programs and agencies would see funding fall or eliminated altogether, including subsidies for "Heritage Events", including the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.
To raise money, Dohoney suggests raising the price of admission to the Krohn Conservancy, charging those who file their city taxes late and implementing several other fees.
The City Manager says one of the first things to hurt the budget, was the elimination of state aid. He says had Cincinnati received what it usually received, the deficit would have been closer to $12 million, and much more managable. Dohoney says instead, Cincinnati lost out on about $22 million from the State. He says communities across Ohio have all been struggling to deal with the loss.
Dohoney had to present this budget, because the plan to lease the City's parking facilities was tied up in court. He says if they win before the Court of Appeals, and can go forward with the lease, they can call back those 201 workers about to be laid off. But, he says it would take time. At least 90 days, he says. And Dohoney says if they win in the Court of Appeals, opponents to the parking plan could still appeal to the State Supreme cCurt, and tie things up until at least November, when the parking issue comes up for a vote.