City Council to Hold Public Hearings on 2024 Operating Budget

January 4, 2024

Columbus City Council invites residents and neighborhood leaders to a series of public hearings to review and provide feedback on the City of Columbus' $1.1 Billion 2024 Operating Budget, proposed by Mayor Ginther back in November. The operating budget supports all City operations, such as the Divisions of Police and Fire, and other neighborhood services. This year, committees were restructured to focus on Council's priorities.

At these hearings, directors and representatives from the departments that fall under the newly structured committees will present their budget needs to the committee chairs. Following the hearings, City Council will amend the operating budget before voting on a final plan.

Columbus City Council 2023 Operating Budget Committee Hearing Schedule 

Wednesday, January 10 at 5 p.m.

  • Finance & Governance Budget Hearing
  • Led by Councilmember Nick Bankston
  • City departments involved: Finance and Management, Treasurer, Technology, the Auditor's Office, and the Mayor's Office.
  • To provide written, in-person or virtual testimony, email Jonathan Brown at JBBrown@columbus.gov with the subject by Noon on the day of the hearing. 

Thursday, January 11 at 5 p.m.

  • Economy and Workforce Budget Hearing
  • Led by President Pro Tem Rob Dorans and Councilmember Bankston
  • City Departments involved: Development, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Human Resources, and the Civil Service Commission
  • To provide written, in-person or virtual testimony, email Kevin McCain at KBMccain@columbus.gov by Noon the day of the hearing. 

Tuesday, January 16 at 5 p.m.

  • Housing, Homelessness, and Human Services Budget Hearing
  • Led by Councilmembers Shayla Favor and Melissa Green
  • City Departments involved: Development, Public Health, Building and Zoning Services, and CelebrateOne
  • To provide written, in-person or virtual testimony, email Kendra Asiedu at KNAsiedu@columbus.gov by Noon the day of the hearing. 

Wednesday, January 17 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Public Safety and Judiciary Budget Hearing
  • Led by Councilmembers Emmanuel Remy and Shayla Favor
  • City Departments involved: Public Safety, Municipal Court, City Attorney's Office, and the Inspector General's Office
  • To provide written, in-person or virtual testimony, email Cailyn Pittman at CDPittman@columbus.gov by Noon the day of the hearing. 

Thursday, January 18 at 2 p.m.

  • Infrastructure and Neighborhoods Budget Hearing
  • Led by Councilmembers Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, Christopher Wyche, and Nancy Day-Achauer
  • City Departments involved: Neighborhoods, Public Service, Public Utilities, Recreation and Parks, and Building and Zoning Services
  • To provide written, in-person or virtual testimony, email Amaris Lemus at ASLemus@columbus.gov by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.