Cincinnati officials must grapple with $22M deficit by July

Extra spending due to salt use, police costs

City officials must approve a balanced budget by July 1, and their task just got a little bit more difficult Monday.

Cincinnati City Council’s budget and finance committee learned the estimated deficit for Fiscal Year 2015 has increased to $22 million, up from $18.5 million predicted a few months ago.

Most of the increase is due to spending related to adding more police officers, along with replenishing the city’s salt stockpile for treating icy roads.

But City Council has faced deficits every year since 2001, and managed to avoid them through tricky budget maneuvers.

Read more about the factors driving the deficits, and why some officials are blaming the governor, by becoming a WCPO Insider.

 


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