Columbus starts work on city budget

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — City officials have started discussions on the budget for the 2013 fiscal year, working toward a Sept. 15 deadline.

Chief Financial Officer Mike Bernsen tells the Commercial Dispatch that meetings with city department heads were held Wednesday and Thursday.

He calls their preliminary budget proposals “gigantic wish lists” that will evolve.

Bernsen said City Council members will begin holding work sessions late next week to start crafting the budget.