The Cincinnati police union wants City Council to balance the budget without cutting officers.
The union's president says the plan to lay off nearly 150 officers will put the public safety at risk. City Council is holding meetings to hear alternatives to layoffs. Meanwhile, Mayor Mark Mallory is guaranteeing police and firefighters will be laid off if the city's parking lease plan goes before voters. Opponents of the plan are collecting petition signatures to get a repeal on the ballot. A judge last month rejected the plan because it contains a provision prohibiting voters from weighing in.