Pickerington has passed its 2010 budget, totaling about $7.5 million.
The budget includes $350,000 for street improvements, $2.2 million to build a new water tower and a total of $92,000 for a new development director.
Pickerington has been without a development director since April 2008 when Tim Hansley left the role to become city manager.
In other news, for the fourth consecutive year in a row, Pickerington city staff has won an award for excellent financial accountability.
Auditor of State Mary Taylor’s office presented city officials with the "Making Your Tax Dollars Count" award for the city’s 2008 fiscal year audit.
At the Dec. 15 city council meeting, Rob Pike from the state auditor’s office presented the award to outgoing city Financial Director Linda Fersch.
Fewer than 5 percent of government agencies are eligible for the award, Pike said.
Three criteria must be met to receive the award – the completion of a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), a clean audit and no other issues of financial worry, Pike said.
Pickerington "is truly a model for government agencies throughout Ohio," Pike said.
The city first received the award in 2004 after it upgraded its annual report to the more comprehensive CAFR format, Fersch said.
Pickerington decided to upgrade to CAFR to earn better bond ratings, Fersch said.
Staff from every department provided the information necessary for the report, Fersch said.
"We all work together as a team and this (award) is to show for our efforts," Fersch said.
Fersch will retire at the end of 2009 as financial director, but will remain on staff in her role as personnel director through 2010.
Beginning Jan. 1, Deputy Finance Director Chris Schormack will assume Fersch’s finance responsibilities.