Mayor Ginther Announces 2022 General Fund BudgetNovember 16, 2021 1:50 pm Taijuan Moorman
Mayor Andrew Ginther released his proposed 2022 General Fund budget on Monday, Nov. 15. It’s said to be the city’s largest-ever operating budget, despite the ongoing financial impacts stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
The budget includes more than $1 billion for programs, services and other priorities that “directly benefit residents and neighborhoods,” read a press release.
In a statement, Ginther said the city is on a “strong financial footing.”
“We have not been without challenges–financially and otherwise–but, with care and precision, we have protected meaningful programs, avoided crippling cuts and are actually investing more in city services and our residents than we ever have before,” said the mayor.
He also highlighted the following budget priorities:
- Over $660 million to support the Department of Public Safety, including additional police and fire recruit classes as well as funding to implement the updated Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy
- More than $2 million for programming and operating expenses at the Hilltop Early Learning Center
- Additional staffing and services to expand support for the Department of Development’s Small Business Program
- $5 million in human services grants for social services organizations that provide vital support for vulnerable residents and neighborhoods
- Funding to keep community centers open six days per week and expand Recreation and Parks staff to better support summer programming and events
- Investments in refuse vehicles and equipment to continue to counter illegal dumping and help keep Columbus neighborhoods “clean and vibrant”
- More than $10 million for Sustainable Columbus, including energy and water efficiency in “Opportunity Neighborhoods,” a clean-energy workforce program and a Green Fund to support energy sustainability efforts among residents and nonprofits
The City Charter requires the mayor to present a balanced budget to City Council on or before Nov. 15 annually. Council will begin budget deliberations, including public hearings, and is expected to approve an amended budget early next year.
The full budget can be viewed at columbus.gov/2022budget.