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Columbus Council Hosting Meetings On $940 Million Budget

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
Gabe Rosenberg

Columbus City Council is hosting its last two public hearings to discuss the city’s 2019 capital improvement budget.

Council member Elizabeth Brown chairs the finance committe, and is meeting with residents in various Columbus neighborhoods to hear their concerns and needs.

The $940 million budget that Mayor Andrew Ginther laid out May 10 goes toward physical improvements around the city, including a real-time crime center.

It also proposes putting $14 million toward an early learning center in the Hilltop and putting $30 million toward street repaving and construction.

Each hearing will focus on projects that are unique to that neighborhood. One meeting will be held Tuesday night at the Westgate Community Rec Center at 5 p.m. The last will be held Thursday, May 30 at the Barack Community Rec Center at 5 p.m.

The budget proposal is smaller than the one in 2018, which topped $1 billion.

Columbus City Council expects to vote on the capital budget in early June.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.