Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Releases 2018 Proposed General Fund Budget
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther released his proposed 2018 General
Fund budget today at Driving Park Community Recreation Center on the East Side.
The proposal is based on available resources of $890.6 million.
“This is a sound and balanced proposal,” said Mayor Ginther.
“It reflects my ongoing commitment to investments in Columbus neighborhoods and
public safety; diversity and inclusion and gender equity; early childhood
education and a healthy early start to life; and fiscal responsibility.”
Director of Finance Joe Lombardi highlighted Mayor Ginther’s
- Support of the Smart Columbus team as they
implement the building blocks for using transportation, powered by holistic
solutions and integrated data, to give Columbus residents access to opportunities
that empower them to live their best lives.
- $601.7 million for Public Safety that includes
funding for the Mayor’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy; 70 new
police recruits and 80 new fire recruits; continued implementation of body-worn
- $220,000 in conjunction with Franklin County
Juvenile Court to expand Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Job Readiness
Program, in addition to $600,000 for other youth jobs programs through
Recreation and Parks.
- $7 million in the Department of Neighborhoods to
support 19 area commissions, My Brother’s Keeper, the New American Initiative,
the creation of the New American Leadership Academy and our comprehensive
neighborhood planning efforts in Linden and the Hilltop.
- Funding for the Office of Diversity and
Inclusion in the amount of over $1.3 million will continue to support supplier
diversity outreach, the work of the Columbus Recruitment Taskforce and
implementation of the city’s workforce diversity strategy.
- Continued funding for the Columbus Women’s
Commission will be used to dismantle barriers and improve the economic position
of women with initiatives like The Columbus Commitment: Achieving Pay Equity.
- Maintain funding for CelebrateOne, dedicated to
cutting infant mortality by 40 percent and racial disparity in half by 2020.
- $4.5 million for the Department of Education for
Early Start Columbus funding to support the number of pre-kindergarten
classroom slots and increase the quality of the programs Columbus children
- Continued investment in Department of
Development’s housing and business incentive portfolio that invests in Columbus
neighborhoods by creating more jobs and driving long-term stability for the
City of Columbus.
- Support for a comprehensive review of city
- Continuing to reach the goal of a $75 million
balance in rainy day fund by year-end 2018, and the new goal of $80 million by
the end of 2020.
Columbus City Council will now hold budget hearings and host
hearings for public comment on the proposed budget. The final budget is
typically adopted by City Council toward the end of January or first of
A full copy of the budget is available at