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Council Passes 2017 Operating Budget including Amendments

[COLUMBUS-OH]  Columbus City Council passed the 2017 Operating Budget including Council amendments on Monday, February 6, 2017, during the seventh regular Council meeting of the new year.

Strong fiscal management and oversight resulted in over $3.2 million in additional funding. Council intends to use this savings to improve the quality of life for all residents.

The amendments to the 2017 Operating Budget include the following highlights:

  • An additional $500,000 deposit to the City’s Rainy Day Fund, for a total deposit of $2.7 million. This keeps the City on track to reach a balance of $75 million by 2018.
  • A deposit of $250,000 to the Basic City Services Fund, providing additional protection for essential City services, including public safety and street maintenance. 
  • $2.5 million will be transferred to the Council Initiatives Fund to improve safety, focus on economic development and neighborhood health.

"Our budget priorities are rooted in community dialogue and participation. Columbus is a diverse city, and we recognize there are some needs that require special attention," said Council President Zach Klein.

"These are bold initiatives. We are focused on developing policies and initiatives that uplift every resident and build a stronger Columbus," Klein continued.

"We continue to identify issues in our City, and through collaboration and investment we can enhance the quality of life for all our residents," said Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson, chair of the Finance Committee. "Our community is looking for our leadership to improve safety, focus on economic development and neighborhood health.”

Council is utilizing three funds to organize amendment dollars, the Jobs Growth Fund, Neighborhood Initiatives Fund and Public Safety Initiatives Fund, to prioritize the spending of resources during the next year.

One major area of focus will be enacting the recommendations of the Local Food Action Plan. Councilmembers adopted the plan in November 2016.