If Hilliard City Council desires to increase discretionary funding for any initiatives in 2014, it will need to cut within its budget, according to city officials.
After considering the budgets of other departments at previous meetings, City Council members mulled their own budget at the Dec. 9 finance and administration committee meeting.
City Council's budget in 2014 is $368,185 and reflects an increase of less than 1 percent compared to 2013.
Within the overall budget, City Council has set aside $70,000 for its initiatives.
"I think that is more than generous," Councilman Jim Ashenhurst said.
Among the initiatives City Council members could choose to fund in 2014 is a request of $30,000 from the organizers of the Solebrate! Food and Music Festival.
The inaugural event was held last year and the festival's board of directors is seeking to hire an executive director to help develop it.
City Council members appeared to support the request made at the Nov. 4 finance committee meeting, but specific details for initiatives were not discussed Dec. 9.
Council-funded initiatives this year included Solebrate!, funding the design of a website for the Environmental Sustainability Commission and funding the creation of a city logo and motto by Dublin-based public-relations firm FrazierHeiby.
Mayor Don Schonhardt told council members their budget was set.
"I don't mind you increasing one (line item), but you'll have to decrease another," Schonhardt said.
Schonhardt said the city's overall operating budget for 2014 is balanced by the slimmest of margins.
An ordinance appropriating the general-fund operating budget of $21.4 million received a second reading Dec. 9.
A related ordinance approving the 2014 capital-improvements budget also received a second reading Dec. 9.
Both are scheduled for a third and final reading at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.
A resolution adopting the 2014-18 capital-improvements project program also was introduced at the Dec. 9 meeting of the city planning, projects and services committee. It was forwarded to council for consideration Dec. 16, the last scheduled meeting for 2013.