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Media Advisory
News Date: November 15, 2021

Mayor Ginther Releases Proposed 2022 Operating Budget

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther today released his proposed 2022 General Fund budget. Despite significant financial impacts and uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and draft remote work legislation in the Ohio General Assembly, the City of Columbus – through sound fiscal management – is presenting its largest-ever operating budget, totaling more than $1 billion for programs, services and priorities that directly benefit residents and neighborhoods.

“The City of Columbus is on strong financial footing,” said Mayor Ginther. “We have not been without challenges – financially and otherwise – but, with care and precision, we have protected meaningful programs, avoided crippling cuts and are actually investing more in city services and our residents than we ever have before.”

Mayor Ginther highlighted the following investments as part of his budget priorities:

  • More than $660 million to support the Department of Public Safety, including additional police and fire recruit classes as well as funding to implement the updated Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy
  • More than $2 million for programming and operating expenses at the Hilltop Early Learning Center
  • Additional staffing and services to expand support for the Department of Development’s Small Business Program
  • $5 million in Human Services Grants for social services organizations that provide vital support for vulnerable residents and neighborhoods
  • Funding to keep community centers open six days per week and expanding Recreation and Parks staff to better support summer programming and events
  • Significant investments in refuse vehicles and equipment to continue to counter illegal dumping and help keep Columbus neighborhoods clean and vibrant
  • More than $10 million for Sustainable Columbus, including energy and water efficiency in Opportunity Neighborhoods, a clean-energy workforce program and a Green Fund to support energy sustainability efforts among residents and nonprofits

In addition to the funding announced as part of the new operating budget, the city has also leveraged nearly $140 million in federal stimulus dollars to strengthen initiatives central to improving quality of life for Columbus residents, including affordable housing, rental assistance, utility assistance, child care and youth summer programming. The 2022 General Fund budget aligns with and advances many of the same policy priorities. 

The City Charter requires the mayor to present a balanced budget to City Council on or before Nov. 15 annually. Columbus City Council will now begin budget deliberations, including public hearings, and is expected to approve an amended budget in early 2022. 

The full budget can be viewed at: