It has become obvious that the elected office holders who endorse of a .5% tax increase in Columbus want opponents to do their job for them by suggesting reasonable budget cuts. Yesterday, Columbus City Council candidate Matt Ferris took on that challenge:
The pro-tax Columbus Dispatch wrote about it today:
He called for freezing city workers’ pay and forcing non-union employees to contribute toward their pensions. He proposed eliminating city subsidies for the arts, for businesses that move Downtown and for promoting Columbus as a convention and tourism destination.
But a majority of his proposed savings would come from unspecified cuts totaling 2.5 percent of all departments’ current budgets. Backers of the tax increase going before voters on Aug. 4 said that would translate into roughly the same level of police and fire layoffs, recreation-center closings and reduced services they’ve been warning about.
“We don’t have a lot of stuff to cut right now besides people,” said Paul Rakosky, who will take over as the city’s finance director next month.
Ferris said an across-the-board cut doesn’t necessarily mean layoffs.
“It means getting efficient,” he said.