Groveport’s revenue continues to grow; plus other news

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor
The city of Groveport’s income tax collections year-to-date as of Oct. 31 were $18.6 million, which is about 2 percent higher than the same time in 2022, according to Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr.

Carr noted the general fund balance was $14.8 million as of Oct. 31, which is $5.7 million higher than the same time last year. Income tax revenues year-to-date comprised 59 percent of all city revenues, the largest part of all the city’s revenues.

Carr noted total expenditures were $2.4 million lower as of Oct. 31 when compared to the same time in 2022.

Carr said the recreation fund and Groveport Municipal Golf Course have “historically operated at losses.” For these funds to break even, he said annual transfers from the general fund are needed. On a positive note, as of Oct. 31, the recreation fund operational receipts were higher by $66,555 compared to the same time in 2022 and the golf course fund operational receipts were higher by $120,683 compared to the same time in 2022.

The number of rounds of golf played this year as of Oct. 31 at the Groveport Municipal Golf Course is 31,635, which is up from 28,196 at the same time last year. It is the most rounds played at the course in the past eight years.

Street maintenance
Groveport City Council is considering legislation to authorize City Administrator B.J. King to solicit bids for the 2024 street maintenance program as well as the Maple Street storm sewer improvements and resurfacing project.

The city’s 2024 budget includes $600,000 for the street maintenance program and $200,000 for the Maple Street project.

“The work on Maple Street certainly needs to be done as the street has a lot of rutting,” said King.

Maple Street runs east and west and extends from West Street to Blacklick Park.

The streets to be included in the street maintenance program are expected to be announced in January.

New pickleball courts proposed
Council is also considering authorizing King to solicit bids for the construction of eight pickleball courts in Groveport Park. The city’s 2024 budget includes $1 million for the new pickleball courts.

Currently there are six pickleball courts sharing space with three tennis courts in Degenhart Park. The courts in Degenhart Park will remain as combination tennis and pickleball courts.

King noted there is a growing demand for pickleball courts as the sport gains popularity.

He said the new pickleball courts would be for pickleball only and would be located in the southeast part of Groveport Park near the baseball field.

“This will be a great asset to the community,” said Council President Jean Ann Hilbert of the proposed pickleball courts.

Pickleball was created in the 1960s. According to information from the Groveport Recreation Center, the game combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong. It is played on a badminton sized court with a net that is 34 inches high. Players use wood or composite flat, smooth paddles to strike a plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball (the paddle striking the ball makes a distinctive “pock” sound). You can play either singles or doubles.

Annexation indefinitely postponed
Council indefinitely postponed a decision regarding a request to annex 1.94 acres on the north side of Groveport Road just west of Saltzgaber Road because council members needed more information on the issue.

King said the indefinite postponement means the applicant would have to restart the annexation process if they still wish to go forward with it.

The parcel could be part of a proposed development of a 210,000 square foot freezer/cooler facility on 18 acres on the north side of Groveport Road just west of Saltzgaber Road.

Nate Green of the Montrose Group told Groveport City Council in October that the proposed development would be a $42 million investment in land and the facility.
He said the facility could bring 100 jobs to the area and generate a possible $166,000 per year in income tax revenue for the city of Groveport. He said the facility could handle items such as food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and nutritional products. It would use freon as its cooling agent.

The development could also include an outparcel fronting Groveport Road to be marketed for retail use.

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