Coleman Releases Budget Plan
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman released his 2013 budget proposal today.
The 13th budget of his tenure is 766 million dollars, an increase of nearly 4 percent from this year's spending blueprint. 70 percent of the money will go to fund public safety forces. Coleman also wants to add 10 million dollars to the city's rainy day fund, putting the fund's total at 50-million dollars. That is one year earlier than the Mayor and City Council promised the voters in 2009, when they approved a quarter percent increase in the municipal income tax. The Mayor is setting a goal of getting the rainy day fund to 75-million dollars by 2014. City Council will hold hearings on the plan and any of its possible amendments before approving the budget in early February.