City Budget, Food Rescue, Clean ups and more!May 16, 2019Proposed City Budget for
Fiscal Year 2020
The City Manager has released his recommended FY 2020-2021 budget to the Mayor.
That proposal would make three significant changes to the Office of Environment and Sustainability:
First, it eliminates the position of the Director of OES (Larry Falkin's position).
Second, it eliminates funding for the Urban Agriculture Program. The Urban Ag program makes City-owned land available for community gardens and other food production, and provides mini-grants to help local growers be more successful.
Third, it eliminates funding for the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. OES uses an annual contract with GCEA to promote energy efficiency improvements; administer the Solarize Cincinnati program; and administer the PACE Financing program.
The Mayor has until May 24, 2019 to provide City Council with his amended recommendations and then Council must approve a final budget no later than June 31,2019.
The Mayor and City Council appreciate hearing from constituents and taking identified priorities into consideration. If you would like to voice your opinion about the budget there are several mechanisms and opportunities.
You can reach the Mayor and all 9 Council members by emailing CityCouncil@cincinnati-oh.gov.
You can also speak at any or all of the following Budget Hearings (all begin at 6:00 p.m.):
May 29 LeBlond Recreation Center
2335 Riverside Drive
June 3 UC Innovation Hub
2900 Reading Road
June 4 Madcap Theatre
3064 Harrison Avenue
For more information on the process and to see the proposed timetable click here.
To see the page from the proposed budget that deals with OES, please click here.
For those that want to review OES' recent accomplishments, click here to see the OES 2018 Year in Review Newsletter, which came out in January, 2019.