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City Of Columbus Unveils $766 Million Capital Improvements Budget

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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther unveiled the city's capital improvements budget where $766.2 million will go to public safety facilities, street improvements and housing.

In addition to the new funding, the city will have $494.7 million in leftover money from last year's capital budget.

"As I've said before, this pandemic laid bare disparities in our city," Ginther said. "As we continue to recover, we are rebuilding in ways that ensure a more equitable, resilient, dynamic Columbus."

The city will put $35 million into housing initiatives, including increasing affordable housing, housing preservation and emergency shelter repairs.

They will also fund new public safety facilities, including a fire station on the Northside and a new police substation in Hilltop. The substation was announced earlier this month alongside a new crime analysis center in Linden, which will also be funded with the improvement budget.

Furthermore, $125 million will be spent on street repairs and improvements, with more than $22 million to repairing and replacing sidewalks.

City council will vote to approve the budget on Nov. 1.

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