Mayor Ginther Releases 2017 General Budget Proposal
The annual City Budget proposal was released today for the upcoming fiscal year, which marks the first one for Mayor Andrew Ginther, since taking office back in January. It’s also the largest budget proposal in the history of the city, clocking in at $869.5 million — $34.7 million higher than former Mayor Michael Coleman’s final budget proposal last year.
“The future of the city looks bright, which makes it possible for us to focus on the top three priorities of my administration: neighborhoods, neighborhoods, neighborhoods,” said Ginther during the announcement event at the Hilltop YMCA. “This budget represents fulfillment of these strategic priorities while keeping our city financially sound.”
Approximately two-thirds of the budget proposal is slated for the support of the Department of Public Safety, which includes fire and police support. Their $576.9 million allocation is an increase of nearly $20 million from last year. Some of the other individual programs featured in the budget proposal include:
- $4.63 million for the new Department of Neighborhoods.
- $150,000 for naloxone (Narcan) for first responders in the fight against heroin overdoses.
- $770,000 for the new Land Redevelopment Division that will repurpose vacant, abandoned and blighted residential and commercial structures.
- $4.7 million for early start pre-K opportunities and $389,000 for after-school programs.
- $1.5 million for diversity recruitment efforts in city offices.
- $2.2 million for the Rainy Day Fund, which is on target to reach $75 million by 2018.
Columbus City Council will now hold budget hearings and host hearings for public comment on the proposed budget. The final budget is typically adopted by City Council toward the end of January or first of February.
For more information, visit www.columbus.gov/2017budget.