DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland's City Council has approved a $607 million operating budget.
The 512-page budget has something for everyone. There's $4.6 million to improve basic city services, like waste collection and pothole repair and $5 million to demolish blighted homes. The spending plan also includes funds to hire 90 new police officers and open up a new fire station downtown.
Mayor Frank Jackson and council members have been in a spending mood thanks to an influx of $83 million in new tax revenue made possible with the passage of an income tax hike this past year.
The improved services the windfall will provide come at an opportune time for the mayor and incumbent council members running for reelection.
But not everyone on council is on board -- four members voted against it, saying the budget falls short of fixing problems in Cleveland's neighborhoods.
The approved plan does provide each of the 17 council members with $75,000 to spend on projects in their wards.
Another $500,000 will be spent on summer jobs for youngsters in those wards.
The budget will also pay for the hiring of new building and housing inspectors to inspect rental properties, programs to fight violence in the streets, and health issues like lead poisoning and infant mortality.