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Robin Davis
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Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media advisory
News Date: November 14, 2017

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 priority initiatives:

  • 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 cameras.
  • $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 attend. 
  • 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 operations.
  • 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 February.

A full copy of the budget is available at .