City Council Approves 2017 Operating Budget

Columbus City Council passed the 2017 Operating budget totaling $872.7 million on

Monday, February 6. The budget continues investments in safety, health, education,
neighborhoods, economic development as well as other essential services.


Increasing Access to Healthy Food

Last November Columbus City Council approved a resolution to formally accept the Local Food Action Plan which is a joint City/ County plan that was sponsored by President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson and Commissioner John O’Grady. The plan took two years to develop and includes 4 goals and 27 recommendations.


Tobacco Age Restriction Increased to 21 in Columbus

President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson recently sponsored an ordinance which has resulted in a law prohibiting the sale of tobacco products and paraphernalia to anyone under 21. The new law which also requires vendors to obtain a tobacco license which will be administered by Columbus Public Health.


A “Nupe” said. Emotional testimony from as they accept resolution from for work with .


  • Franklin County Democratic Party
  • Baptist Ministerial Alliance of Columbus and Vicinity
  • Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio


City Council should take responsibility for monitoring and improving the performance of all city departments as they engage with residents and businesses on everything from permits and code enforcement to utilities.

A Message From Priscilla

My commitment to jobs, safety, neighborhoods, and improving the quality of life for Columbus residents will remain key priorities if I am given the opportunity to serve again on Columbus City Council.  Workforce development initiatives that prepare our residents for the jobs of the future are needed to keep our community thriving. Gainful employment improves neighborhood safety and helps with growing our local economy. I also remain committed to addressing these issues including food insecurity and emergency shelters; infant mortality, addiction to drugs, mental health services, and other supportive services where the city can play a role.