Whitehall Council passes mayors lean tax budget

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Whitehall City Council adopted the mayor’s 2008 tax budget proposal at the July 10 meeting.

Mayor Lynn Ochsendorf quickly ran through the document, answering any questions from council during a public hearing. She thanked Council President Brent Howard and

Messenger photo by Dianne Garrett
Whitehall Citizen
of the Year

Kas McLaughlin, president of the Whitehall Community Celebration Association, was chosen as the 2006 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. She is pictured with granddaughter, Madalyn Eskew, and husband Gary. Madalyn was first runner up last year in the Junior Miss Whitehall pageant. WCCA organizes the annual July 4 parade, and hosts the carnival.

Auditor Kim Maggard for continuing to work on it during her time off after surgery.

She referred to the budget as "lean and mean" saying, "It is a simple budget, as we are watching the city’s finances closely. We are doing all we can to keep expenses down, and throughout the year there will continue to be adjustments. We have good department heads who work hard and diligently, and I appreciate them all."

Service Director Ray Ogden announced that after meeting with Franklin County Commissioners, the Country Club Village curb and gutter projects on Vanderbilt and Winslow will probably start on July 23.

Franklin County approved the city’s receipt of a federal grant that will be administered through the Franklin County Economic and Development Department. However, he noted that the Ohio Department of Transportation did not qualify a bridge replacement in 2011 on Beechtree Road.

In other business, council adopted two resolutions authorizing the mayor to accept donations of $2,000 from Wal-Mart for towards costs of the July 4 fireworks, and a $4,525 Arts Grant from Target to provide funding for the enhancement of arts in the community, specifically the 2007 Music in the Park concert series.

Council also passed two resolutions that will levy special assessments for property maintenance at several locations in the city. Those costs will be assessed to the property owners’ Franklin County Taxes. These are homeowners who have not taken the responsibility for property maintenance, such as grass cutting.

The next council meeting will be July 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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