Balancing the Budget

Just like Columbia's families and small businesses, Mayor Benjamin believes that city government must be vigilant in maximizing efficiency and cutting waste during these tough economic times.

Mayor Benjamin's proudest accomplishment since taking office has been working to strengthen the city's finances and closing the 2010 calendar year more than $5 million under budget.

He has removed over 100 unnecessary vacancies from Columbia's payroll and worked to end furloughs for city employees all while establishing a zero-based budgeting process to ensure the city funds core priorities like public safety first.