Saturday, May 25 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-26 01:54:18 GMT
(RNN/KENS/CNN) - At least one person in San Antonio has died Saturday during heavy flooding caused by rain that dumped more than a foot of water on some parts of the area. Police confirmed a woman's bodyFull Story >
Firefighters in San Antonio are still looking for two missing people after heavy rain and flooding swamped the area and left thousands without power.Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:52 PM EDT2013-05-26 01:52:50 GMT
Memorial Day weekend began with a violent 24 hours in the City of Cincinnati. Two people were killed and three others wounded in four separate shootings. Despite the recent gunfire, the faith communityFull Story >
Memorial Day weekend began with a violent 24 hours in the City of Cincinnati. Two people were killed and three others wounded in four separate shootings. Despite the recent gunfire, the faith community delivered a message of hope.Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-26 01:09:34 GMT
A group of concerned Tri-State residents joined a national movement on Saturday regarding genetically engineered foods and the seed giant Monsanto. "March Against Monsanto" organizers say they're callingFull Story >
"March Against Monsanto" organizers say they're calling attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the companies that produce it.Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:04 PM EDT2013-05-26 01:04:09 GMT
(RNN) - Two-year-old girls rule the world. If you in any way doubt that statement, you obviously do not have nor have ever had a 2-year-old girl. One thing that Matt Clarke made abundantly clear in a video heFull Story >
Two-year-old girls rule the world. If you in any way doubt that statement, you obviously do not have nor have ever had a 2-year-old girl.Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:26 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:26:42 GMT
Police responded to a fatal shooting in Millvale on Saturday afternoon. It happened in the 3000 block of Bowling Green Court around 1 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found Quentin Snell, 21, inside a vehicleFull Story >
It happened in the 3000 block of Bowling Green Court around 1 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found Quentin Snell, 21, inside a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A second victim was taken to a nearby hospital.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney presented his proposed budget for 2013 on Monday, in an effort to offset a $34 million deficit.
Among his recommendations were to lease city owned parking lots and garages to a private company for $40 million, plus an annual leasing fee.
Dohoney also proposed to get rid of Cincinnati Police Mounted Patrol.
He believes the officers' jobs can be saved, but the horses and equipment can be cut.
The City Manager pointed out the positives in his budget cutting proposal.
"This budget contains no major layoffs. It does not close any pools. It does not propose to close any health clinics," said Dohoney.
Cincinnati City Council will hold several meetings on the proposed budget, beginning Dec 6.
A final vote on any revisions to the budget could also happen during a special session of Council, scheduled for Dec. 14.
Here is the full release from the City Manager's office:
Today, Cincinnati City Manager Milton
Dohoney, Jr. presented his proposed 2013 budget to Mayor Mark Mallory that
continues to invest in the growth Cincinnati has been experiencing while using
five areas to address the $34 million deficit:
and Cost Shifting
These five areas work together as the
recommended approach to continue on a path of growth.
While the City has worked to create
more than 5,000 jobs in the past two years, revenue growth is not occurring
fast enough to offset state-level policy changes that eliminate revenue coupled
with the cost escalators that are driving the expense side, namely fuel,
healthcare and pension.
The deficit number was exacerbated by
the policy shift at the state level – the 50% reduction of the Local Government
Fund and the elimination of the tangible personal property tax reimbursement
and Estate Tax – eliminating a $22.2 million revenue stream from the City's
The Manager's Recommended General Fund
Operating Budget totals $368,906,520. It
is for a one-year period from January 1 – December 31, 2013. However, because the City is transitioning to
a new fiscal year, City Council is appropriating a budget for a six-month
period. The six-month appropriation
totals $177,603,950. There will be a
subsequent vote taken prior to June 30 that will appropriate funds consistent
with the new fiscal year.
stresses that using these five areas is a moderate approach to balancing the
budget while allowing the economy to continue its recovery. "Closing the estimated deficit solely with
cuts could be done, but would bring a devastating and demoralizing set of
circumstances to the City that would interrupt the momentum that many people
both inside and outside local government have worked hard to create," said
CUTS AND COST SHIFTING
"cuts" aspect of the Manager's Proposed Budget totals $11.3 million, which was
influenced by the results of the Priority Driven Budget (PDB) process.
following Priority Driven Budgeting Quartile 4 programs are reduced or
eliminated in this budget:
Bridges Support is eliminated ($300,000)
and Neighborhood Gateways Program is eliminated ($57,480)
Firesetter Program is eliminated ($84,100)
Patrol is eliminated ($188,350)
Grants is eliminated ($50,000)
Services Funding is reduced ($610,770)
Additional cuts were made to departmental
budgets including Police, which reduced the number of Assistant Chiefs from
five to three (two currently vacant) and eliminated 12 management positions.
Police also are seeking to hire 38 civilians for select positions rather than
using uniformed officers, saving costs and allowing for redeployment of those
Other cuts include transferring
expenses to other eligible non-General Fund City sources; Reductions to
personnel expenditures and positions; Reductions in funding to Outside
Entities; Savings in purchasing salt for the winter (last year's supply was not
fully used); and leaving some vacant positions open through 2013.
The 2013 Recommended General Fund
Budget totals $368.9 million and includes $231.4 million for public safety
departments and $113.1 million for non-public safety departments. The public safety departments and non-public
safety departments reflect budget decreases of $1.8 million, or 0.8%, and $2.2
million, or 1.9%, respectively.
To balance the 2013 budget exclusively
with cuts would require the elimination of 344 positions and would affect
employees all over the government including Police and Fire, Emergency
Operations, Public Services, Economic Development, as all other departments.
The City expects to realize $5 million
from savings to departmental budgets, with $3.9 million coming from Public
Safety attrition and turnover. Although the Administration is recommending
recruit classes for both Police and Fire, these costs will be covered by a
federal SAFER grant for Fire and savings in paying overtime that will cover the
After months of study at the direction
of City Council, the Administration is recommending that the City of Cincinnati
moves toward semi-automated solid waste collection. This will reduce worker's
compensation costs (at nearly $1 million a year), further standardize the solid
waste function, facilitate cleaner neighborhoods, expand efficiency, and
promote higher levels of recycling.
The Administration proposes the
the decision to co-mingle yard waste with trash.
standard 95 or 64-gallon carts and restrict set out beyond that limit unless a
special bulky item pick-up is scheduled.
worker injuries by standardizing garbage collection guidelines.
the delivery, maintenance, and storage of the carts in-house.
a plan to add side-loading vehicles to the Public Services fleet in the future,
which would enable one-person operator vehicles.
marketing efforts to achieve higher recycling rates.
money by reducing routes.
commercial waste collection.
first step uses capital investments to secure the carts and produces operating
savings from reduced worker injuries, route reductions and increased recycling
diversion. Because it will take time to
implement the program, the first year represents a net cost to the operating
budget. Savings will occur in later years after the initial investment.
eliminating City hauling of commercial waste, and providing a franchise to
waste disposal companies, the City can ensure high quality service for
customers of commercial waste haulers, reduce City operations expended at
businesses that can be redeployed, while leveraging revenue for the City. This
budget recommends that commercial waste haulers obtain a franchise and pay a
franchise fee to the City for the privilege of doing business in Cincinnati
equal to 10% of the company's gross revenues from commercial waste collection,
transportation, and handling in Cincinnati. This is expected to generate over
$900,000 in 2013 and $1.9 million annually thereafter.
The City Manager's budget also
recommends that an outside entity manages city-owned parking facilities,
including meters, surface lots, and garages, as doing so is not a core city
government function. The Administration issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in
October to determine the feasibility of this. This is not a proposed sale of
the asset, but rather a 30-year lease, that also provides a revenue stream from
the parking function.
Revenue would come to the City in two
ways – an upfront lump sum payment and a negotiated share of the revenue stream
over the life of the agreement. The
required floor for the RFP respondents is $40 million. Of the three areas of
the parking function, meter revenue can be used to address the operating needs
of the city.
The Administration is recommending
using $21 million from the meter portion of the lump-sum payment to apply
toward the 2013 deficit. However, the
Administration is not recommending allocating any more of the income at this
time since the full total is unknown and must be negotiated. The full agreement will go before City
Council in 2013.
Full-time employees of the Parking
Division will be placed in a job with the City of Cincinnati, should they not
move over to the new parking manager.
The City Manager's budget recommends
eliminating the income-tax reciprocity credit. This would generate $4.8 million
of revenue for the General Fund.
The 2013 budget maintains the $5,000
allocation to each neighborhood as well as other "momentum" partners including
the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, the African American Chamber of
Commerce, the Port Authority and the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission.
Finance Department has forecasted growth in Income Tax for 2013 at 2.8 % over
the 2012 revised estimate. This
stems in part from the various economic development initiatives that have come
to fruition, as well as the successes of our local business community. Embedded growth is expected to account for
$4.8 million of new revenue.
The Budget includes the recommendation
for the Focus 52 Program that will provide funding for redevelopment projects
that will grow the City's revenue base, create new jobs, and/or increase the
population of the City. All 52
neighborhoods will be eligible for the program.
Funds will be granted or loaned on a case-by-case negotiated basis
(maintaining a 1/3 public/private investment ratio). The sources for the
Program will be two parts: The City will pledge $4 million of non-tax revenue
over the next twenty years to support this effort to create approximately $54
million dollars of capital capacity for the City to stimulate investment.
Further, the federal HUD Section 108 Economic Development Loan Pool also can
fund a number of types of economic development projects including industrial
expansion, a small business revolving loan fund, construction of a neighborhood
shopping center or grocery store, rehab of a commercial building, or even a
direct loan to a company.
The Manager's Proposed Budget contains
the use of one-time sources totaling $11.6 million from 2012 General Fund
carryover balance. This aspect of balancing the budget only accounts for 28% of
Over the past year the City of
Cincinnati, with the assistance of a consultant, implemented a citizen
engagement process to ascertain what kind of a community people want. Listening to the public's comments helped staff
to focus on the community attributes that were most important. From this
engagement, the citizens told us that they want:
• A City that is Inclusive, Thriving
• A City that has Well Planned and
• A City that is Safe
• A City that has a Sustainable Built
and Natural Environment
• A City that supports Commerce and
• A City with Leadership and Financial
• A City that offers Efficient and
Effective Basic Services
All of the analysis conducted allowed
the City to more strategically allocate resources, as well as a clearer
understanding of the budget decisions as we move forward.
"When we look at what is in front of us, we
must balance both sides of the budget.
We historically keep focusing on cuts.
That only addresses half the picture. This budget doesn't get us there
all the way, but we believe it is a reasonable approach that balances all
sides, said Dohoney."
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:23:27 GMT
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - K-9 Officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot and killed on the ramp of Exit 34 from the Bluegrass Parkway to Highway 55 in Nelson County early Saturday morning. A 911 call from a womanFull Story >
K-9 officer Jason Ellis, 33, was the first Bardstown police officer killed in the line of duty.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
The Village of Morrow: 2013 Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27, 2013 Participants must line up at 10 a.m. at the former Morrow Elementary School located on Pike St., the parade is to start at 11 a.m. ContactFull Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:11 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:11:14 GMT
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m. TheFull Story >
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >