Council to Amend 2021 Budget
Council Reconvening to Discuss 2021 Operating Fund Priorities, Reimagining Safety
[COLUMBUS, OH] Columbus City Council will reconvene this Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 10am to offer amendments to the 2021 General Fund Operating Budget in preparation for a full Council vote on during its next regularly scheduled meeting.
"This is the most critical budget in recent history, as we help families and businesses recover from an international health emergency, restart our economy, continue basic neighborhood services and lay the groundwork for a safer community," said Council President Shannon G. Hardin. "This budget is the launching pad for our work in 2021, and we appreciate all the community leaders who took time to let us know where they wanted the City to invest."
The next regular Council meeting is February 22, 2021.
The 2021 Operating Budget is estimated at $970 million. It covers basic city services, including Police and Fire Divisions, Recreation and Parks, Development and Planning, snow removal, trash collection and many more neighborhood essentials. The operating budget does not cover capital construction projects, which are handled in a separate budget annually.
"Through deliberations guided by 14 public hearings, we are ready to finalize a 2021 operating budget that reflects our collective priorities as a City Council and as a community,” said Council President Pro Tem and Finance Chair Elizabeth Brown. “I am grateful to the countless individuals who shared their vision for Columbus during this process to help create a budget that is responsive to the needs of every resident and neighborhood in our city.”
Council meetings are live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel and Facebook. Residents can also listen to the meeting live. Call toll-free 1-650-479-3207, access code 180 960 4959.