CW city budget a road map of growth

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

On Nov. 1, Canal Winchester Finance Director Amanda Jackson presented the city’s general fund 2022 fiscal year budget.

She said the fund, Canal Winchester’s largest, is funded primarily through income and property taxes, building fees, and court fines.

“Those are our largest source of revenue in the general fund,” said Jackson, who added personnel takes the biggest bite at nearly $2.8 million, which accounts for 24.8 percent of the general fund budget.

The city employs 22 full time employees, one parttime worker, two seasonal employees, one intern and pays the salary of eight elected officials.

Administration consumes $1.28 million by covering contracts for legal services, income tax collection and an agreement with the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society. The Construction Services budget is $1.77 million for salaries and benefits, along with the annual street and sidewalk program.

“The general fund 2022 debt appropriation is just over $11 million,” said Jackson before pointing out that the appropriations for 2021 were higher because the city undertook several projects for McGill Park.

“In 2022 we’re coming back to a more normal level where we expect to be budget wise,” said Jackson. “We are very conservative with our spending and have seen our fund balance grow. That will likely continue into 2022.”

Jackson said the city is not spending more than it takes in, which is why it is able to do larger capital projects because of planning.

“Because we have been conservative with our spending, there has been no need to ask our taxpayers for additional dollars to fund these projects,” she said. “The fund balance at the end of the year is estimated at just under $14 million. In 2016, we were just at $5 million, so we’ve come a long way.”

Councilman Mike Coolman said the budget presented shows the growth of the city, where it has been, and where it is heading.

Other news
•Mayor Mike Ebert was given the green light to enter into a multi-year contract with Canal Winchester Joint Recreation.

The contract runs from Nov. 1 of this year through Jan. 31, 2027. In 2021, the district will receive $20,850, a prorated amount, followed by $83,400 per year for 2022-2025. In 2026, the prorated amount is $61,550.

•Council also adopted an ordinance approving an annexation request by Weiser Development, Sonya Popp and Mark Popp for 55 acres located east of Hill Road and north of Basil-Western Road.

 

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