COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of Ohio's largest city is proposing to replace an anti-crime summer initiative with increased bike and foot patrols in tough neighborhoods.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said Thursday he'll ask for $2 million in next year's budget for a "neighborhood safety strategies fund" to funsd overtime costs for the patrols.

Ginther, a Democrat, is also requesting $1.8 million for street lights, after-school programs and code-enforcement overseen by his new Department of Neighborhoods.

Ginther's announcement comes as the city faces a soaring homicide rate, with 113 slayings to date this year.

Ginther has acknowledged that many residents say their faith in the police department has been shaken. He says community cooperation is important to helping reduce violence.