Groveport Council considers putting more money into rainy day fund

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

It’s always good to have some money set aside for a rainy day.

With that in mind, for the past few years Groveport City Council authorized that $150,000 be put in the city’s rainy day fund annually to raise the level of the fund to $2 million.
The rainy day fund is money city officials can use in case there is a budget shortfall or an emergency. Any expenditures from the rainy day fund must be approved by council.

“The rainy day fund contribution for 2022 will be $8,333, which will get us to the $2 million balance for the fund as established via ordinance,” said Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr.

Carr told council a decision could be made to cap the rainy day fund at $2 million or council could amend the ordinance to increase the balance that should be in the account.

“If it were up to me, I’d make the balance a big number,” said Carr. “You could (continue to add $150,000 per year to the rainy day fund) and keep going to a balance of $3 million.”

Carr said legally council cannot put more than five percent of the previous year’s general fund receipts into the rainy day fund.

“There is no maximum balance for the rainy day fund as long as you follow that rule,” said Carr.

Council and city officials will review and analyze the rainy day fund and decide sometime in the future if they want to amend the ordinance to increase the fund’s balance.

Other news
•Council approved creating a local fiscal recovery fund. According to Carr, the city is expecting to receive American Rescue Plan Act federal funds for allowable costs totaling $588,805 paid over two years.

•Council is considering creating a position for a technology director as well as making adjustments to other administrative posts.

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said, “As we increasingly rely on technology to conduct our day-to-day business, we have come to realize the benefit of having an employee in-house to assist with technology troubleshooting and systems management. Having an in-house IT Director will result in more efficient response to our technology needs.”

The annual salary range for the proposed director of technology would be $71,858 to $115,499.

“The plan is to have someone hired at the beginning of 2022,” said King. “The 2022 budget will include funding for this position.”

•Council is also considering amending the pay grade of the economic development director.
“This is an action to align the economic development director’s current salary on the appropriate/correct pay grade on our wage scale,” said King. “It is not a new position, simply a clean-up of the wage scale. There is no (pay) increase. This is to align the economic development director’s current wage with the correct grade on our wage scale.”

•Another position being considered by council for adjustment is the director of transportation. The job would be recreated to become director of transportation and senior services.

“This is an amendment to the director of transportation’s existing position description to include the duties of managing the city’s senior center/services,” said King. “This is simply a clean-up of a position description to reflect actual duties being performed. The pay range for this position will be $60,889 to $97,869. The position is currently, and will continue to be, filled by Bob Dowler.”

•Council is also considering creating the position of engineering coordinator and eliminating the position of administrative assistant in the engineering department. The coordinator would handle and oversee all administrative activities in the engineering department.

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