By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport City Council is considering the city’s 2014 budget, which shows a small increase in the general fund budget over 2013.
The proposed total 2014 general fund budget is $16.7 million compared to $14.3 in 2013.
“If you exclude the tax incentive payments, school income tax revenue sharing and tax refund for both years, the increase is 4 percent from 2013,” said Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall, who added the small increase in the budget includes a 19 percent increase in employee health insurance costs and a 4.5 percent increase in salaries.
Hall said the projected general fund carry over from 2013 to 2014 is $3.5 million with the total of all funds projected to carry into 2014 to be more than $9.2 million.
The proposed budget also includes a balance of $1.5 million in the city’s rainy day fund (money that can be used if there is a decline in the city’s income tax revenues).
Project requests included for consideration in the 2014 budget include (estimated amounts):
•$1.2 million for Port Road reconstruction, funded 100 percent with grant;
•$$65,501 local with the remaining amount by grant/loan for Bixby Road resurfacing from Hendron Road to the railroad.
“This is a grant request and may or may not be funded,” said Hall. “If funded, it will be done in fall.”
•$2.1 million for construction of the new water treatment plant;
•$1.2 million for Port Road reconstruction (grant);
•$25,000 for engineering for the golf course sanitary sewer construction;
•$13,000 for resurfacing of Groveport Road, financed through Franklin County;
•$50,000 for sidewalks;
•$50,000 for new senior transportation van (grant funding);
•$58,000 for golf fairway mower (lease);
•$32,000 for parks mower (lease);
•$15,000 to resurface indoor swimming pool at recreation center;
•$25,423 to replace recreation center fitness center carpet;
•$78,000 for two Chevrolet Tahoes and equipment for police department (lease);
•$55,000 for police radios (lease);
•$15,000 for police computers (grant);
•$60,000 for two pick-up trucks for street maintenance (lease).
•$20,000 to repave KidSpace parking lot along Wirt Road; and
•$20,000 to repaint Town Hall interior.
Festival, donations and grant funding
Other budget highlights include:
•$50,000 for the Fourth of July celebration;
•$16,000 for Apple Butter Day;
•$5,000 for community service grants;
•$25,000 for Motts Military Museum as part of a commitment made in 2007 by Groveport City Council to donate $25,000 per year for 10 years to the museum; and
•$10,000 for the Center for Groveport Madison Human Needs.