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Mayor Ginther Unveils 2019 Budget Proposal

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today released his proposed operating budget for next year. 

Mike Foley reports.

Mayor Ginther says his $912 million proposal maintains the city’s commitment to public safety, diversity, and neighborhood development. As he noted earlier in the week, the spending plan targets $622.5 million toward public safety. Other highlights of the budget include $11 million for efforts with area commissions, My Brother’s Keeper, the New Americans Initiative, and comprehensive neighborhood planning in Linden and the Hilltop. Nearly $8 million would help code enforcement efforts regarding nuisance property violations and illegal dumping. Almost $2 million would be invested to enhance the work of CelebrateOne, the city’s effort to reduce infant mortality. The mayor has targeted $4.7 million for the Department of Education to support the number of pre-kindergarten classroom slots and increase the quality of programs. And $1.75 million would be set aside next year for the city’s Rainy Day Fund, which the city projects to be at $76 million by the end of 2018. Columbus City Council will now begin reviewing the mayor’s budget proposal and holding public hearings for residents. Council will pass a final budget early next year. Here's a link to the entire budget proposal

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring emerging and established musicians, our Columbus-area and Ohio-based talent, and additional artists that inspire him.
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