COLUMBUS, OH -- Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown, chair of the Finance Committee, will convene two hybrid public hearings on the 2021 Capital Improvement Budget.
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.
“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,” said Pro Tem Brown. “These hearings are not only to present planned investments, but to continue hearing from and responding to residents about the needs in their community.”
Hearings will be held in a hybrid fashion, with residents welcome to attend in Council Chambers at City Hall, or virtually, with options to provide testimony both ways.
Budget hearings will be held at City Hall on:
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Any resident seeking to submit written testimony should submit their testimony to Pro Tem Brown’s office. Written testimony must be received two hours prior to the start of the hearing on the day of the meeting and should be emailed to James Carmean at [email protected].
Any resident wishing to appear via WebEx to provide testimony during the hearing should email James Carmean at [email protected] the day prior to the hearing to request a WebEx panelist link. Resident’s wishing to provide testimony at City Hall must fill out and submit a speaker slip prior to the start of the hearing. Speaker slips are available at the City Hall front desk or in Council Chambers.
Each speaker will be limited to remarks lasting no longer than three minutes. The meetings will broadcast live on CTV, the City's YouTube Channel and Facebook Live.
A Council vote on the budget is expected on Monday, November 1.