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Council Sets 2020 Operating Budget Principles and Priorities

Council priorities include strong neighborhoods, good-paying jobs, pathways out of poverty and effective governing

[COLUMBUS] Columbus City Council will begin reviewing Mayor Andrew Ginther’s proposed 2020 operating budget through a series of public hearings starting this week. The first hearing will be held in Council Chambers at 2pm on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, and will provide a broad overview of the budget by City departments.

Committee chairs will then review each City department budget in greater detail in a series of additional hearings taking place through mid-December. The full schedule of hearings has been published in the City Journal and distributed by Council.

"Our budget must support the success of every resident and family in Columbus," said Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown. “That means aligning our spending priorities with the everyday priorities of our residents to access good jobs, live in safe and strong neighborhoods, and be served by a responsive city government.”

In preparation for its review of the 2020 operating budget, Pro Tem and Finance Chair Brown and Council President Shannon G. Hardin met with all members of Council to establish its collective priorities as a body. 

“We are proud of the successes we saw in 2019 and will build on those successes as a team in 2020,” said President Hardin. “We have organized our work around themes to uplift residents.”

Council priorities are: 

Strong Neighborhoods 

We will build safe, thriving, healthy, connected neighborhoods for all residents. We will support initiatives that promote the values of a welcoming city. We will be responsive to the input of our neighborhood and community partners.

Good-Paying Jobs 

We will ensure that the city maintains a prepared workforce, one that is well-positioned to build on the investments made today. We will advance measured economic development policies and provide opportunities for residents to enhance their skills for the future of employment in Columbus.

Pathways Out of Poverty

We will support a justice system that provides equitable and fair access for all, and one that provides opportunities for restoration. We will enact policies that support and promote economic stability. We will work collaboratively with community partners in the human services sector to meet the growing needs of residents.

Governing Efficiently and Effectively

We will strive to lead a capable and agile government that is responsive to constituent demands. We will ensure that the government can respond with the resources needed today and for the evolving needs of our growing city.