JT sells medic and approves tax budget

Jackson Township voted to sell an unused medic squad in exchange for air tanks the fire department will use in training.

Township trustees, at their July 10 meeting, also accepted the 2008 tax budget, which give the township an idea how much money they will receive next year and help in preparing the annual budget at year’s end.

Trustees passed a resolution that declared the medic squad, valued at less than $2,500, to be obsolete and surplus. That declaration would allow the vehicle to be sold at private sale.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will purchase the vehicle for $1 and give the township 58 sets of air tanks the fire department will use in training exercises. The Sheriff’s Office plans to use the vehicle to carry equipment to be used at the DUI stops.

Township administrator Mike Lilly presented the 2008 tax budget during a pre-meeting caucus and the budget was adopted during the regular meeting.

This budget shows the township can expect to receive $13 million in taxes in 2008, up from the $12.7 million it received in 2007. Expenditures are expected to be $11.9 million.

The tax budget, which is delivered to political subdivisions in July, has to be approved and sent to the Franklin County Budget Commission by August.

Lilly called the tax budget "a work sheet" that shows where the township is in spending in the current fiscal year and where it will be at the end of the year. It will also help him when he is putting the budget together at the end of the year.

The next meeting for the trustees will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 24 at the Jackson Township Administration building at 3756 Hoover Rd. A pre-meeting caucus will begin at 6:45 p.m.

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