CINCINNATI - City leaders announced Thursday that the budget deficit would grow by $10 million if they're forced to make the cuts outlined in the current "Plan B" budget proposal.
Under the plan, the city would have to lay off 344 city workers, including 189 police officers and 80 current firefighters. The city said expenses from those moves would cause Cincinnati's deficit to balloon from $35 million to $45 million.
The moves in the plan would affect more than just jobs. It also calls for $4 million in cuts to planned improvements to Smale Riverfront Park.
The move would also cut $4 million from the city's contribution to convert Tower Place Mall and Pogue's Garage into a 30-story mixed-use building.
The city would also put plans for a new interchange at Interstate 71 and Martin Luther King Drive on hold.
Also, six pools and three community centers would close, and the city would eliminate arts from its recreation budget.
Approximately $1.7 million in human services work by the city's Community Development Department would be cut as well.
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