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49 Applications Filed for 2 City Council Seats

Walker Evans Walker Evans 49 Applications Filed for 2 City Council Seats

The deadline for applying to Columbus City Council chimed today at noon, and the total number of resumes submitted has climbed to 49 for the two seats being vacated by Councilmembers Mentel and Tavares. The applicants range from community advocate Catherine Girves to Ohio Organizer Greg Schultz to former City Council Member Kevin Boyce, who […]

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Mayor Michael Coleman Seeking Reelection in 2011

Walker Evans Walker Evans Mayor Michael Coleman Seeking Reelection in 2011

According to multiple local news outlets, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will be seeking a fourth term as Mayor in 2011, putting to bed previous rumors that he would be exiting the office early. Coleman has served as Mayor of Columbus since 1999 and if re-elected would be the second mayor in Columbus history to […]

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Mentel Stepping Down from City Council Presidency

Walker Evans Walker Evans Mentel Stepping Down from City Council Presidency

According to a press release issued this morning, Columbus City Council President Mike Mentel will be stepping down from his role come January. Mentel has served on City Council since 1999, and his departure means that two seats will become available for new appointments following Council Member Charleta Tavares’ election to serve the 15th District […]

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$706M Columbus City Budget Unveiled for 2011

Walker Evans Walker Evans $706M Columbus City Budget Unveiled for 2011

Mayor Michael Coleman announced today his proposed 2011 City budget, which will be presented to Columbus City Council for review. “We will maintain our neighborhood services, protect our quality of life, and practice fiscal responsibility to make our government more efficient and sustainable for the long run” Mayor Coleman said in a press release today. […]

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Additional $17.5M Committed to Rainy Day Fund

Walker Evans Walker Evans Additional $17.5M Committed to Rainy Day Fund

Following the depletion of the City’s Rainy Day Fund in 2009 and the income tax increase passed in August of that year, Mayor Coleman is sticking with the promise to voters that the fund will be replenished. An additional $7.5 million will be added this year and another $10 million in 2011, bringing the Rainy […]

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2010 Capital Improvements Budget Unveiled

Walker Evans Walker Evans

Mayor Michael Coleman Announced the 2010 Capital Improvements Budget this afternoon which includes $130 million dedicated primarily to road resurfacing, rec center renovations and bikeways. “Our greatness lies in our neighborhoods, and we must continue to invest in them,” said Mayor Coleman. “By investing in our streets, parks and bikeways, we will increase our quality […]

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Parking Meter Rate Adjustments Proposed

Walker Evans Walker Evans

After months of discussion and deliberation, the Parking Meter Advisory Team has assembled the rough draft of their solution to the parking meter rate increase problem imposed by the bond funding scenario for the new Convention Center Hotel. The proposal includes two main meter adjustments: a standard city-wide rate of 75 cents per hour and […]

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