Tuesday, April 2 2013 4:42 PM EDT2013-04-02 20:42:37 GMT
Cincinnati Mayor Mallory said during a news conference on Tuesday morning that the city will be forced to layoff employees if the parking plan goes on the ballot.City Council approved a deal that wouldMore >>
Cincinnati Mayor Mallory said during a news conference on Tuesday morning that the city will be forced to layoff employees if the parking plan goes on the ballot.More >>
Friday, March 29 2013 9:35 AM EDT2013-03-29 13:35:05 GMT
A Hamilton Co. Judge issued a permanent injunction on the City's privatized parking plan on Thursday. With that ruling, the process of laying off workers, including police and firefighters, could soon be underway.More >>
A Hamilton County Judge issued a permanent injunction on the City of Cincinnati's plan to privatize parking on Thursday. In response, a frustrated mayor reacted to the ruling.More >>
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
City Council Members heard directly from Cincinnati's police union president
during Wednesday's council meeting.
police union president says the current situation is a "totally different
ballgame" than what she has seen in the past. Kathy Harrell says she was
initially warned of a possibility of 149 cuts under the city's "Plan B".
is going to be so unsafe for the officers and the citizens because we're not
going to have officers that are going to be able to respond," Harrell told
FOX19. "The chief has already made it very clear that he is going to have to
make changes to what calls we even respond on anymore."
did not mince words when she addressed council Wednesday.
you lay off it will be obvious to citizens that this is not your priority, your
pet projects are," she said during public comment.
says police officers have been threatened with layoffs since 2009. She says they
have twice extended their contracts without wage increases. Harrell also noted
that the recruit class scheduled for 2013 has been cancelled in light of the
the rubber hits the road, even though people are threatening Plan B now, I
don't think the votes will be for it because people know there's something
better there," council member P.G. Sittenfeld said.
and fellow councilman Chris Seelbach have called for a special session of
council to get answers from the administration about other possible ways to
save money and spare jobs.
are you starting these threats of layoffs with police and fire which citizens
rightly expect?" questioned Sittenfeld. "That's the foundation of the pyramid
in city services."
making cuts across the government. The police and fire cuts seem to be the only
ones people are talking about," City Manager Milton Dohoney told FOX19. "Where
we can save jobs, we will save them, but we have to implement enough cuts to
make the budget balanced."
the mean time, Harrell says her officers are losing faith council can find a
is so at each other's throats and the Mayor, the City Manager, council … We've
never seen anything like it," Harrell said. "To truly think you're going to get
five of these council members together on a balanced budget on a restricted
time frame, we're really nervous in seeing that we're going to save jobs."
is going to be a challenging process but I want to make sure we get the best
possible outcome we can," Sittenfeld said. "It needs to start yesterday, today,
not down the road."
and the administration have dealt with tense situations before," Dohoney said.
"So in terms of a working relationship, we have a working relationship. We
simply have difficult items to deal with."
says the administration is not opposed to using casino revenue to help balance
the budget, an idea thrown around by some council members, but says it is no
its face it's simply not enough to close the gap by itself," he explained.
says the administration is also looking into other cuts with the aid of the
priority budgeting results, but officials note public safety makes up 70% of the city's operating budget.
mayor has said none of the council members have put forward something that he
believes is going to work, however, they got elected, they've got ideas now you just need five or six of them to get
together to decide what they're willing to cut instead of basic public services
to the taxpayers of Cincinnati," Harrell urged.
Cincinnati's police union meets next Wednesday with the city's
Human Resources department to talk more specifically about the process for
layoffs and the number of cuts they could be facing. The petition signatures for the parking plan will be turned
in to City Hall Thursday afternoon.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:08:27 GMT
Tyler police are looking for a suspect involved in an overnight gas station robbery.The robbery happened around 2 a.m., in the 4200 block of University Boulevard. Officers say a black male entered theMore >>
Tyler police are looking for a suspect involved in an overnight gas station robbery.
Monday, March 10 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-03-11 01:40:43 GMT
A Portland woman with at least six criminal convictions in the last five years is accused of assaulting her 3-year-old daughter for breaking an iPad. Portland police and workers from the Department ofMore >>
A Portland woman with at least six criminal convictions in the last five years is accused of assaulting her 3-year-old daughter for breaking an iPad.More >>