Mayor Jackson's 2021 General Fund Proposal

Change The Budget

The residents of Cleveland have no public input into their city's budget. There are no budget town halls, no public comment sessions, no way for the residents of Cleveland to discuss with their elected officials what the spending priorities should be in their community.

This project is designed to make the budget for the City of Cleveland easier to understand. Its agenda is to make it clear where the money is going, and to provide people with the opportunity to see the difference between their budget priorities and their city government’s priorities.

The mayor's 2021 budget estimate is now available. This website examines only the "general fund." Essential parts of life—schools, water, roads, public housing, etc.—each have separate budgets based on different revenue streams that do not compete for funding with the budget items above. Moreover, this project does not examine the legislative or judicial budgets. Determining an appropriate cost for running city council and the court system is complex beyond this project's scope. Instead, the budget captured here is where all the action is.

For more information about the City of Cleveland's budget process, please see this primer written by Rachel Dissell for the Cleveland Documenters team.

Refund Cleveland is a collaborative and community-led effort to design a city budget that centers around the values, needs, and priorities of our community. We want to thank Open Cleveland and all of their volunteers for their help and guidance in bringing this project to life.

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