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Council weighs $4M in budget additions

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus City Council wants to spend more money in 2013.

Council members will brief residents tonight on more than $4 million in additions to the city’s budget.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Speaker slips will be accepted until 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will be broadcast live on CTV.

The money would be spent on small business loans, job training, health and additional police officers.

“These budget amendments support the core mission of city government, which is to deliver crucial services in the most cost effective manner while investing in programs and services that will grow the local economy,” said Priscilla Tyson, chair of the Finance Committee.

City Auditor Hugh Dorrian reported a $7.5 million carryover from 2012.

Council had previously announced plans to add $3 million to what Mayor Michael Coleman has already set aside for a contribution to the city’s rainy day fund.

Some of the recommendations:

$750,000 for microenterprise and small business loan programs.

$400,000 for small business incubators

$325,000 for workforce development

$150,000 for Safety Department to hire the personnel needed to assist with the implementation of new regulations for the food trucks.

$50,000 for the Equal Business Opportunity Commission Office

$20,000 in small business development assistance

$10,000 for small business training services

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