By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport city officials are approaching the town’s 2021 budget with a conservative eye due to the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on tax revenues and the economy this year.
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said the city’s income tax revenue is down about 8 percent compared to this same time last year.
With this in mind, the city’s department heads were asked to trim 15 percent from their 2021 budget proposals for their departments.
“The coronavirus has had an impact on our budget,” said King. “With the continued uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, we are taking a conservative approach to our 2021 budget. It’s better to be safe with our budget plans rather than have to make cuts in 2021. We’re hoping in 2021 we see our tax revenues rebound.”
King said each of the city’s department heads “worked hard to present a budget that takes reduced revenue into consideration.”
Groveport City Council will hear the first reading of the 2021 budget at its Oct. 12 meeting and discuss the budget at council’s Oct. 19 committee of the whole meeting.
The second reading of the budget will be at the Oct. 26 meeting and council will vote on the budget at its Nov. 9 meeting.
Council meetings are held in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St. Council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and the committee of the whole meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.