COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's proposed 2014 budget is $796.7 million. He says it's the 14th balanced budget he has presented to council.

Coleman noted that the city's economy is improving, with only two of the nation's 25 largest cities having a lower unemployment rate than Columbus. He reflected on the fact that the city has weathered some two major recessions during his term. They were times when cuts had to be made.

"This represents a restoration of most, if not all, of those service cuts that were necessary during those tough times," he said.

The Mayor says his budget focuses on four major areas: parks and recreation, fighting neighborhood blight, improving education, and replenishing the city's rainy day fund.

At $529 million, public safety makes up the majority of the budget. $292 million will go to police and $221 million to fire. That would give Columbus 1,902 police officers and 1,548 firefighters by the end of 2014.

Coleman is also proposing adding nearly $600,000 to the city's Department of Development to add two new teams of four code enforcement officers. He says these eight new positions will be proactive in addressing and targeting areas experiencing the greatest challenges. Neighborhood Pride, which includes trash removal, junk car removal, graffiti removal and business engagement, will continue in 2014. The 2014 budget would fund 82 people for code enforcement.

"It really steps up, in an unprecedented way, our fight against neighborhood blight by increasing and refocusing our code enforcement efforts," he said.

The Columbus 2020 program, which aims to add 150,000 new jobs and increase incomes by 30 percent by the year 2020, would receive $785,000.

The city will spend nearly $41 million on parks and recreation. Coleman's plan would open several rec centers, Milo-Grogan, Holton, William H. Adams, Tuttle, Sullivant Gardens and Douglas, full time.

The city will also invest $440,000 in youth jobs to provide young people with positive experiences and opportunities during the summer months.

Coleman is proposing spending just over $38 million for programs like curbside recycling, yard waste and trash collection, along with snow removal and pothole repair.

The city would also invest $4.9 million in various community grants and another $3.9 million for services to homeless people through the Community Shelter Board and the Rebuilding Lives program.

The budget proposal also allocates $7.5 million in 2014 for educational priorities.

"We have 33,000 children living in the Columbus City School district attending 'D' or 'F' schools."

The city will deposit $7.6 million to the rainy day fund in 2014, bringing the total to $64 million.

"I've been the mayor through two major recessions and who knows when the next one is going to come or why it's going to come," he said.