CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati has agreed to spend $100,000 to figure out what its top budget priorities should be in the coming years.
City Council on Wednesday voted to pay the Denver-based non-profit Center for Policy Based Budgeting to identify five to seven priorities on which residents, labor leaders and others think the city should focus.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/zH2piU ) the priorities will be narrowed through focus groups and public meetings, with the list due at the end of next month.
Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls says the process will be closer to the way the city handled citizen input in the 1970s and 1980s.
Two council members voted against the plan, with councilman Christopher Smitherman saying the consultant was hired as a buffer to deflect blame for bad budget news.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com