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City Leaders Unveil Proposed 2021 Capital Improvements Budget

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Columbus, OH – Mayor Andrew J. Ginther along with leadership from Columbus City Council today unveiled the proposed 2021 Capital Improvements Budget, which will receive its first reading at the Columbus City Council meeting on Monday, October 25.

This year’s capital budget of $1.26 billion includes significant funding to expand affordable housing, enhance public safety, and improve parks, streets, sidewalks and services citywide. The budget consists of $766.2 million in new funding and $494.7 million in carryover dollars.

“This next round of neighborhood investments came after months of listening to residents and collaboration with the mayor’s team,” said Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “Councilmembers were clear in their priorities to invest millions in affordable housing, in fixing up older homes, improving parks and recreation centers, and giving our Police and Fire Divisions the tools and accessible facilities they need to modernize operations. I look forward to seeing pools built, the policing substation on the Hilltop and $22 million in new sidewalks in neighborhoods so kids can walk safely to school.”

“The city’s capital budget advances our ongoing commitment to elevate every neighborhood across Columbus,” said Mayor Ginther. “From investing in affordable housing through new units and initiatives, to improving public safety with state-of-the-art facilities and resources, to providing the best possible parks system for a growing, diverse and dynamic community, we look forward to accelerating our work on a range of important projects while working collaboratively with our partners to build an equitable, safe and vibrant future for every resident.”

Highlights of the capital budget include:

  • Over $35 million to help keep more Columbus residents in their homes and increase access to safe housing everyone can afford.
  • More than $30 million supporting new facilities, technology and treatment centers that advance and promote 21st-century community policing, including a new 9-1-1 call center, ADAMH treatment facility and Real-time Crime Center.
  • $12 million for renovations and designs of neighborhood safety facilities, including a new Northside fire station and Hilltop substation.
  • More than $63 million to develop and improve parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities citywide, including $12 million to renovate the pools at Glenwood and Windsor community centers, as well as $4.5 million to plant new street trees and support the Urban Forestry Master Plan.
  • $125 million for street resurfacing and improvements, and more than $22 million for sidewalk repairs and replacements.

“Safe sidewalks, recreation center improvements and increased tree canopy are just a few ways Council has advocated for supporting our neighborhoods through capital projects, and the budget introduction today is a critical step forward in those areas and more,” said Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown. “As finance chair, my goal each year is to continue elevating neighborhood priorities as we make these investments because no one is a greater expert on their neighborhood than the people who live there.”

The second reading and a council vote are expected on Monday, November 1.