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New Franklin Council adopts budget

4/11/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

New Franklin City Council adopted its 2013 annual operating appropriation budget at the April 3 meeting.

The budget totals about $11.9 million and includes $3.3 million in carryover from last year. It is an increase from last year of about $570,000 due to several major road projects in the city, according to Finance Director Susan Cooke.

The budget includes: more than $2.2 million for the Fire Department; almost $1.9 million for streets ($445,000 for salaries and $410,000 for contractual services for chip-and-seal road improvements); almost $1.7 million for the Police Department; almost $1.1 million for the Self-Insurance Fund; $555,400 for administration funds; $443,000 for street projects; $365,000 for highway improvement; $389,200 for dispatch; $168,000 for legal funds; and $165,000 for Council.

Legislation for the budget was adopted on first reading after some discussion about the $1 million increase for streets.

Mayor Al Bollas explained three major road projects, each paid for mostly with outside funds, account for that increase. The projects include the state Route 619/Manchester Road intersection improvements, the state Route 619/Point Comfort realignment and the resurfacing of Cleveland-Massillon Road.

He also said the department has carried over $860,000 from last year in anticipation of the three major projects.

In other business, Council adopted these resolutions:

  • a modification to the Ohio Police and Fire Fund contribution rates for Police Department employees, as required by state law, keeping the city’s portion at 4 percent and increasing the employees’ contribution from 10 percent to 10.75 percent in 2013, 11.5 percent in 2014 and 12.25 percent thereafter;
  • a modification to the Ohio Police and Fire Fund contribution rates for Fire Department employees, increasing the employees’ contribution from 10 percent to 10.75 percent in 2013, 11.5 percent in 2014 and 12.25 percent thereafter, all to be paid for by the employees;
  • an agreement with the Ohio Auditor’s Office for the city’s 2012 audit; and
  • the transfer of $21,266 and $4,580 for pension funds.

Bollas also announced the Beltane Celtic Festival is scheduled for May 18 at the Tudor House, located at 655 Latham Lane. The event celebrates Scottish heritage with various ethnic games and activities and will be open to the public.

The next Council meeting will be April 17 beginning at 6 p.m. at City Hall, located at 5611 Manchester Road. The meeting will include a public hearing to change the zoning classification of 105 parcels located along the south shore of Turkeyfoot Lake from R-3 (High Density Residential) to R-L (Lakefront Residential).

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