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Bulk of Columbus Budget Proposal Focuses on Public Safety

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman released a proposed city budget for next year.The seven-hundred and six million dollar fiscal blueprint includes additional police and firefighter classes to prepare for the mandatory retirement of safety forces during the next year.

Under the plan the public safety department will get four-hundred sixty-five million dollars or seventy percent of the overall General Operating Fund. Both the Division of Police and the Division of Fire will add two recruiting classes next year to make up for upcoming retirements.

More than thirty million dollars goes to garbage collection and snow removal including yard waste pick up reinstated earlier this year. The service was eliminated in 2009 before residents approved an income tax hike last August.

The remainder of the city budget proposal would disperse funds to Public Health, Housing and Human Services, Recreation and Parks and the city's rainy day fund.

City council will now hold hearings on the budget proposal and vote on the measure in February.