This does not seem good. At all.
Cincinnati’s newly approved budget cut $290,000 — a choice which, according to this article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, cancels a bed bug inspection program.
What was approved in the budget?
— $1.8 million for police overtime walking patrols;
— Restoration of the appliance collection service, but for a fee to be researched by the administration and approved later by council;
— $1.8 million expected from the federal government in reimbursement for the September windstorm, to go into emergency reserve savings account;
— $250,000 for renovation of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center;
— $248,000 small business loan for Goodies Barbecue restaurant to open a second location in Price Hill;
— $100,000 the mayor wanted to spend educating people about the importance of their participation in the 2010 census.
I understand money is tight and bed bugs may not seem important to many. But they are. And getting rid of them once they spread further is so much more costly than preventing their spread by catching them early.