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Media advisory
News Date: May 01, 2017

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus City Council Announce 2017 Capital Improvements Budget

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus City Council announced the 2017 Capital Improvements Budget (CIB). The total budget is $861 million, including $322 million in new money. The CIB supports capital projects in Public Safety, Public Service and Recreation and Parks.

The announcement took place at Indian Mound Community Center, 3901 Parsons Ave. Mayor Ginther announced a $7.5 million renovation of the center will begin in December. 

The majority of the budget – $755 million – is allocated to neighborhoods, including citywide projects to upgrade and maintain water and sewer lines. 

“Our investment in neighborhood improvements is an investment in the quality of life for every resident,” said Mayor Ginther. “This budget allocates funds for core city services including safe streets and sidewalks, traffic and street lights. It also prepares the city for the future of a growing population with money for renovated community centers and new and renovated fire and police stations.”

The budget will be read at tonight’s City Council meeting, then read and approved at the Council meeting on Monday, May 15. 

"Our budget priorities are based on community interaction and dialogue. We are actively listening and taking action. There are needs in the community that require special attention, and we are investing in those areas," said Council President Zach Klein. "We are focused on developing policies and initiatives that uplift every resident to build a stronger Columbus.” 

“In the Capital Budget, we have maintained our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all residents by investing in critical infrastructure and neighborhoods,” said Council President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson, chair of the Finance Committee.  “Council’s leadership in addressing areas such as safety, health, and jobs will continue to help our City thrive.”   

The 2017 Capital Improvements Budget can be viewed here.