Wed. 9:30 pm: Warren passes budget, keeps CD funding

WARREN – Council passed a 2017 budget with three dissenting votes Wednesday amid concerns about the way the city’s Community Development Department will be funded in 2017.

Councilmembers John Brown, D-3rd Ward, Eddie Colbert, D-at Large, and Dan Sferra, D-at Large, voted against the budget.

The budget includes a provision that uses $233,000 from the city’s enterprise accounts to supplement the Community Development department’s budget in order to maintain its five employees and continue administering its 20 programs. Those programs provide a variety of services in the city, including emergency home repairs, brownfield planning, as well as the implementation of demolitions through the Moving Ohio Forward program, the Golden Triangle project and fair housing.

The finance committee voted 3-0 not to fund the department with the enterprise money.

Councilwoman Helen Rucker, D-at large, and Councilwoman Cheryl Saffold, D-6th Ward, said failing to pass the budget with the supplement in it puts the federal dollars the CD department uses for its projects at risk.

Read more in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.