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File #: 0073X-2017    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/20/2017 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 4/3/2017 Final action: 4/5/2017
Title: To reaffirm the role of the Economic Stabilization Fund ("Rainy Day Fund") in allowing the City to maintain and continue basic services during an economic downturn, natural disaster, or catastrophe and to establish as a goal a balance of $80 million in the fund by the end of 2020.
Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson, Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Shannon G. Hardin, Jaiza Page, Michael Stinziano, Zach M. Klein
Explanation

Background: The City of Columbus established the Economic Stabilization Fund (or "Rainy Day Fund") in 1988 to provide for the continuation of basic services during times of economic recession or unexpected revenue loss. The fund was first utilized in 2003. During the period from 2003-2009, over $91 million was transferred into the general fund in order to avoid drastic reductions to city services in those years.

In 2009, the city made a commitment to the residents of Columbus to restore the fund balance of the Rainy Day Fund to $50 million by 2014, via resolution 0178X-2009. Having achieved that goal, City Council and the Mayor set a new goal in 2013, via resolution 0013X-2013, of achieving a fund balance of $75 million by the end of 2018, a goal which the city will surpass.

As responsible stewards of public funds, the city has an obligation to plan for the economic uncertainty that results from recessions, natural disasters, or catastrophes, and to sustain basic city services in the face of such challenges. Through the adoption of this resolution, both the Mayor and City Council reaffirm the goals, purposes and objectives of establishing, maintaining and protecting the Economic Stabilization ("Rainy Day") Fund.

In addition, this resolution conveys the intent of the City to establish the goal to achieve a balance of $80 million in the fund by the end of 2020.

Title

To reaffirm the role of the Economic Stabilization Fund ("Rainy Day Fund") in allowing the City to maintain and continue basic services during an economic downturn, natural disaster, or catastrophe and to establish as a goal a balance of $80 million in the fund by the end of 2020.

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WHEREAS, the City of Columbus established the Economic Stabilization Fund (or "Rainy Day Fund") in 1988 (Ordinance 0860-1988, passed April 11, 1988) to provide for the continuation of basic services during times of economic recession or unexpected revenue loss; and

WHEREAS, at different t...

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