2011-2012 Budget Impacts

Budget Cuts Impact Services, Create Longer Wait Times

City Faces Immediate Shortfall Of $27M In 2012

Cincinnati's residents and business can expect to see some City services eliminated and wait longer for those services still available because of cuts in the 2011-2012 budget.

After late-night budget negotiations ended 2010, the City Administration has been reviewing the effects of the cuts made in the budget passed by City Council.

Some of those effects already identified:

  • Customers calling 591-6000 might not speak with a City representative. They may be diverted to voicemail, and encounter longer wait times for service. 5916000.com is available as an alternate online service-request resource.
  • Nineteen pools and two recreation centers are closed.
  • School nurses may be eliminated if Cincinnati Public Schools doesn’t absorb the cost. This would result in less preventative care for the City’s underserved youth and could affect Medicare and Medicaid revenue.
  • The Park Board will severely reduce its streetscape maintenance, business district maintenance and plantings.
  • Parts of the Cincinnati Riverfront Park will not open because of insufficient funding for maintenance and operations.
  • Developers will see an increase in processing time for applications to subdivide parcels.
  • Businesses may not see prompt attention when looking to do business with the City because of cuts to the Law Department’s Economic Development Section.
  • The City cannot fund private lot abatement, which involves removing debris and junk from private property.
  • Some streetworkers with the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence were eliminated. These streetworkers had helped Police understand criminal networks and offered help to break the cycle of violence in neighborhoods.

The City faces an immediate shortfall of $27 million next year, because one-time sources were used to fill that gap this year.

"The lingering structural imbalance within our City budget cultivates an environment of divisiveness and fear, with various segments of the Administrative staff pitted against each other," said City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. "This is not a bedrock for productivity."

Since the 2008 budget, 365 full-time General Fund positions have been eliminated from the table of organization. This means that as people have left positions, either through retirement or otherwise, the City has eliminated these from city government all together.

Changes to the City pension system could mean the impending loss of several hundred more veteran City employees, who are among the most knowledgeable in the organization.

Additionally, employees who have bumped to different positions as a result of budget cuts face a learning curve before becoming more proficient in their new roles. In the short-term, this too means service effects for the public.