Columbus council to vote on city budget

The Columbus City Council plans to vote today on a $914.2 million operating budget for 2019.

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther proposed a $912 million spending plan in November, but the city finished 2018 with about $2.2 million in carryover funding that the council can use for programs it wants to support.

The council made several amendments to Ginther’s proposed budget, including cutting about $367,000 from other departments to pay for a new council employee who will manage citywide campaign finance regulations.

It also bumped funding for a violence intervention program by $151,000 and for a program that sends case workers into neighborhoods affected by violent crime by $69,000.

The council also will vote on whether to settle a federal lawsuit with a former Franklin County Municipal Court employee who accused Judge James P. O’Grady of retaliating against her when she spoke out about sexually explicit comments he made in her presence.

Teresa Barry, O’Grady’s former secretary, was seeking $2 million when she filed her lawsuit in 2015. The settlement is for $140,000. The suit also named a court administrator, its chief probation officer and the chief of the city attorney’s labor and employment section.

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