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Business community input helps shape Cuyahoga County budget proposal; priorities include workforce training

Earlier this month, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish released his executive budget proposal. This roughly $2.9 billion two-year spending plan is Executive Budish’s blueprint for operating the largest county budget in the state.

Yvette Ittu, the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s executive vice president for finance and operations, recently served on a county budget task force to help officials examine the current year budget and to take initial steps in the development of the next budget proposal.

In outlining his priorities, Executive Budish indicated a need to address an operating deficit and limited debt capacity. In addition, Budish prioritized workforce training, elimination of blighted properties, streamlining operations, and investment in high-quality pre-kindergarten education.

The Cuyahoga County Council is engaged in budget hearings on these issues and is set to approve a final budget in mid-December.