Friday, February 12, 2016

City of Cleveland 2016 Mayor's Estimate Budget

The following are budget documents and information being reviewed in Cleveland City Council. Per legislative requirements, the 2016 budget must receive approval by Council by April 2016.

Additional information and analysis will be provided as it becomes available.

Council Budget Hearings begin 9:00 am Tuesday morning, February 16, 2016, beginning with an introduction and comments about the proposed estimated budge by Mayor Jackson.  Council hearings can be seen on Cleveland Channel 20 and are streamed live.

Documents provided below:
  • Schedule for the Cleveland City Council 2016 Budget Hearings (02/16-26/2016)
  • 2016 Est. City Budget Presentation, Cleveland City Council Retreat (02/12/2016)
  • 2016 Mayor's Letter of Transmittal (02/01/2016)
  • City of Cleveland 2016 Mayors Estimate Budget (02/02/2016, 508 pages)

Highlights of Friday 02/12/2016 Cleveland City Council Budget Retreat:
  • $566.7 million - Mayor's proposed estimated General Fund operating budget and a $1.6 billion total citywide budget.  Represents an 8% increase from 2015 or $41.9 million.
  • $525.4 million - Estimated 2016 revenue, an increase of $8.6 million or 1.6% increase.
  • $41.4 million - Estimated Annual Operating Loss.
  • $42.1 million - Carryover balance from 2015.
  • $722k - Projected ending balance.
  • Limited capacity for expanding/enhancing services due to an approximate $50 million loss in annual revenue due to: $30 million in combined reduction in revenues from the State and an annual loss of $18 million in property tax revenues since 2007 attributable to the global recession.
  • $5.3 million in primary revenue losses for 2016
    • $1.8 million - Property Taxes
    • $1.7 million - Local Government fund and Estate Taxes.
    • $1.2 million - Fines and Forfeitures
    • $0.6 - Building Permits
  • $42.2 million in major cost increases for 2016
    • $31.2 million in salaries, benefits and health care increases from 2015 due to completed contract negotiations for the period 2013-15 and subsequent salaries and benefits for 2016.
    • $11.0 million in expenses to cover requirements of the DOJ Consent Decree.
  • RNC - $50 million grant for security.  $30 million anticipated for personnel related expenditures and $20 million for Safety Equipment, communications and supplies.  Note: details regarding security perimeters are expected by March-April and all equipment purchases and deliveries are required by June 15, 2016.
  • Municipal Income Tax - discussion of ballot issue for increasing taxes from current 2.0%
    • An increase to 2.25% would generate approximately $37 million in revenue annually.
    • An increase to 2.50% would generate approximately $80 million in revenue annually.

Preliminary 2016 Sources of Revenue
(click on the image for a larger view, pg 75 budget book - see below)

Preliminary 2016 Expenses by Department

Budget Hearing Schedule
2016 Budget Hearings by Brian Cummins

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Three Catalytic Projects Public Meeting Summary & Frequently Asked Questions

La Villa Hispana, The Dream Neighborhood &
West 25th Street Corridor Initiative

The following information is a summary of three projects that are underway on the near west side of Cleveland.  The projects geographically are located within or in portions of the following neighborhoods that comprise City of Cleveland Wards 3, 12, 13, 14 and 15:
  1. La Villa Hispana: Clark Fulton and portions of Tremont and Ohio City.
  2. The Dream Neighborhood: Clark Fulton and Stockyard.
  3. West 25th Street Corridor Initiative: Ohio City, Clark Fulton, Tremont, Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn.
In addition to the three community and economic development projects covered in the information below, a forth project  - The MetroHealth Transformation, being lead by MetroHealth, seeks to physically integrate Metro's main campus with the surrounding neighborhoods and also revolutionize care delivery and engineer new ways of working to ensure the health and wellness of those they serve in Greater Cleveland.

All of the partners listed and referenced for the La Villa Hispana, The Dream Neighborhood & West 25th Street Corridor Initiative are also partners working with MetroHealth to ensure the success of their planning and investments.
If you would like more information about any of the four projects and initiatives listed here, please send us an email indicating your interest and we'll be sure to include you on any future emails and mailings for updates or future meetings.

Media coverage:

La Villa Hispana

The Dream Neighborhood

West 25th Street Corridor Initiative

The MetroHealth Transformation 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Cleveland City Council Tobacco related Resolution and Ordinances

The following are two pieces of legislation and one resolution that have been introduced through the Cleveland City Council Health and Human Services Committee related to the regulation of tobacco products.  In addition to information and copies of the Resolution and Ordinances, additional information is provided below that was reviewed in the last three Health and Human Service Committee hearings held on 11/16, 11/23 and 12/2/15.

Here is a status of the pieces; copies are provided below:
  • Resolution No. 669-15; Tobacco Free Workforce Working Group - Resolution Declaring that the City of Cleveland will strive for a tobacco free workforce by January 2016, and establishing a working group of Council, the Jackson Administration, and community stakeholders to study employment policies of hiring only tobacco-free employees and offering smoking cessation programs to current employees.
    STATUS:  Passed out of the Health Committee, scheduled for hearing of the Council of the Whole, beginning 9:00 am, Monday December 7th, 2015.  Resolution 669-15 was first read on June 1st, 2015.
  • Ordinance No. 737-15; Raise Age for Tobacco Sales and DistributionOrdinance to amend Section 607.15 of the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland, Ohio, 1976, as amended by Ordinance No. 474-14, passed June 2, 2014, to raise the sales and distribution age from eighteen to twenty-one years for cigarettes, tobacco products and alternative nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes.
    STATUS: Passed out of the Health Committee, scheduled for hearing of the Council of the Whole, beginning 9:00 am, Monday December 7th, 2015. Resolution 737-15 was first read on June 8th, 2015.  Note: Section 4 of ordinance states: "That the amendments to Section 607.15 shall take effect sixty days after the effective date of this ordinance."  There is a consideration to increase the grace period to 90-days to allow for sufficient time for public education and awareness.

  • Ordinance No. 929-15; Partial Ban of Flavored  Tobacco Products - Ordinance to supplement the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland, Ohio, 1976, by enacting new Section 607.21, to ban the sale or distribution of flavored tobacco products, except in a retail tobacco store.
    STATUS: Ordinance has not been passed out of the Health Committee and is NOT scheduled to be heard by the Council of the Whole on Monday, 12/7/2015.  The next opportunity for this legislation to be heard in Committee hearing(s) is the week of January 4th, when council returns from winter legislative recess that begins 12/8/2015.  The next potential opportunity for a vote on this ordinance is Monday, January 8th, 2016.
The above legislative status information is provided by Councilman Brian Cummins, member of the Health & Human Services Committee.  Health Committee member information can be found here.

669-15-Res-Declaring City Will Strive for Tobacco Free Workforce by Brian Cummins

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    Municipal Services & Properties Committee Meeting - Administration Responses 10.2015

    The following memo and attachments detail responses to questions raised in a recent Municipal Services and Properties Committee Meeting of Cleveland City Council.  The information pertains to street maintenance, crack sealing, pot hole repair and snow plowing.

    Public Works Service Zones map - Ward 14

    Click on the image for a larger view.

    Thursday, October 22, 2015

    PUBLIC NOTICE: NOV 4 presentations of catalytic community projects - La Villa Hispana; Dream Neighborhood & W 25 St Initiative

    Please see below the invitation letter and flyer for this important community event.

    Stay tuned for additional information about these projects and the presentation materials that will be shared on November 4th.

    Please RSVP to Keisha Gonzalez, Bilingual Community Organizer, (216) 961-9073 x204 or by November 1st, 2015.


    Acompáñanos para una cena y discusión de tres proyectos comunitarios vitales que están en proceso en nuestros vecindarios!

    Miércoles, 04 de noviembre 2015
    6:00-7:00 PM Inscripción, Cena y Redes· 7:00-9:00 PM Presentaciones y Preguntas
    Lincoln West High School (3202 West 30th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109)

    Por favor de RSVP a Keisha Gonzalez, Organizadora Comunitario
    al (216) 961-9073 x204 o