During a marathon eight-plus hour session Tuesday that included a Columbus Council meeting sandwiched between sessions of the Budget Review Committee, councilors voted to restore much of the funding that had been proposed to be cut from public safety budgets.
Last week, Fire & Emergency Management Chief Jeff Meyer told councilors that the 1.5 percent budget cuts proposed by Mayor Teresa Tomlinson would force him to eliminate 14 firefighters.
Then on Tuesday, Police Chief Ricky Boren said he would have to eliminate 20 police officer positions from his budget in order to make the cut.
In the evening portion of the Budget Review Committee meeting, councilors addressed those items on the add-delete list and showed a bias toward public safety.
They voted to dip into reserve funds to restore the Fire & EMS positions, which would add close to $760,000 to the budget.