Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory last week reduced the number of layoffs in his proposed 2014-2015 budget, as the city awaits a ruling on a lawsuit that has delayed a plan to privatize its parking system that Mallory hoped to use to plug a deficit.
Mallory said there is an additional $2.8 million available for the two-year biennial period, with the general fund budget totaling roughly $700 million. The new money comes from a mix of cuts and unexpected revenue. The proposal is to restore 18 firefighter positions and 17 police positions, reducing the layoffs to 53 and 49, respectively. Five other positions in other departments were also restored.