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Before Cincinnati City Council approves the $1.5 billion city budget for Fiscal Year 2023,  citizens will have a chance to offer feedback during a series of public meetings, starting June 2 at the Madisonville Recreation Center.

To maintain city operations, t
he budget – which was revealed on May 26 – relies on $18.6 million in funds from the 2021 federal American Rescue Plan, which is a one-time source. These funds have made it possible to avoid budget and personnel cuts, allowing for budget increases for police, fire and human services, officials say.

Under the proposed budget, the Cincinnati Police Department would get a 2% boost, bringing its budget to $169.1 million. The budget also includes funds for two CPD recruit classes for a total of 88 new officers. The Cincinnati Fire Department would receive a 7% increase to their budget, bringing on a record 100 recruits as both departments face high retirement numbers. CFD also would be allocated $3.4 million for a new fire training tower.

After
years of complaints from residents, CPD will receive $2 million to relocate the department’s 70-year-old shooting range away from Evendale. The $2 million is the city’s contribution; Hamilton County would chip in another $5 million and would share the facility with CPD. The Citizen Complaint Authority, the city’s independent police oversight board, has a proposed budget of $1,297,140, slightly higher than the year before. The fund has more than doubled since 2017.

“On top of our support for public safety resources, we’re making a record investment in youth employment and new career initiatives, to disrupt the pathways to violence and provide our children with the opportunity to build professional skills,” Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval says.

The Human Services Fund, which is administered by the United Way, was allocated a record $8 million. The program uses an application process to issue organizations grants that align with the council’s priorities.


“Our City’s core mission is to help support everyone’s opportunity to build a healthy, rewarding life. That’s why this budget increases our investment in Human Services to a record high of 1.6% of the City’s General Fund,” Purveval says. “The budget reflects our values of incentivizing economic growth with equity at the center of the frame. This is our
Visionnati.”

Included in this budget is funding for new programs like the “Boots on the Ground Fund” pilot program, which provides funds to smaller non-profits. Other new programs include the
Alternative Response to Crisis Program, which provides unarmed mental health professionals for some non-violent 911 calls.

The proposed budget also asks for the city to spend $12 million on maintenance for parks, health centers, recreation centers and vehicle repair facilities.

Capitalizing on
Intel’s new semiconductor facility coming to Columbus, the budget includes $7 million to prepare sites that could be used for high-tech manufacturing here in Cincinnati. Intel’s investment in the Columbus region will create 3,000 jobs with six-figure average salaries, as well as 7,000 construction jobs and more than 10,000 jobs in the area indirectly. The Port of Cincinnati would use the $7 million to obtain and market potential factory sites to draw tech companies closer to home.


Cincinnati City Council must make any changes before the budget’s June 30 due date. The 2023 budget year starts July 1.

Read the complete budget proposal here. Citizens are encouraged to express feedback at one of three scheduled public meetings during the month of June:

  • June 2, 6-8 p.m., Madisonville Recreation Center, 5320 Stewart Ave.
  • June 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum St.
  • June 14, 6-8 p.m., College Hill Recreation Center, 5545 Belmont Ave.

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