**TODAY** Council to Host Capital Improvement Budget Public Hearings
June 6, 2023
For Immediate Release
COLUMBUS, OH -- Today, City Council President Shannon Hardin, chair of the Finance Committee, will hold the first public hearing on the 2023 Capital Improvements Budget.
Mayor Andrew Ginther has proposed a $1.74 billion in additional neighborhood construction projects, affordable housing, and safety equipment. City Council will take the Mayor's proposal to residents for input on what investments they need in their neighborhoods.
These capital investments are vital for supporting residents’ quality of life and our local economy, and for this reason, the City sets aside a quarter of every dollar collected in City income tax to finance them.
“The capital budget reflects the infrastructure improvements the City is pursuing at over the next year,” said Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “Council is holding these hearings to solicit feedback from residents ahead of the budget’s eventual amendment and passage. Our first step is to listen and that’s what these hearings are for.”
Council invites residents to participate in one of the two upcoming Finance Committee meetings taking place around Columbus. Each hearing will contain an overview of how the City makes capital investments—from crafting the budget to getting shovels in the ground—before proceeding into presentations from City departments (e.g. Safety, Recreation and Parks, Public Health, Development, etc.).
Following these presentations, residents will have the opportunity to ask questions or offer feedback to department leaders and Councilmembers.
Budget Hearing Dates and Locations
Scioto Southland Community Center
3901 Parsons Ave, Columbus, 43207
Tomorrow, June 7
Howard Community Center
2505 N Cassady Ave, Columbus, 43219
Virtual Town Hall
Tuesday, June 13
Link to virtual meeting here.
In addition to participating in the neighborhood-based hearings, City Council invites residents to share input on the needs in their areas by using the 2023 Columbus Capital Investment Input Form, which will empower City Council and departments to do the most with their input. The hearings will also be streamed live City Council's Facebook page. Residents can leave questions or comments if they can't make it in person.