Groveport Municipal Building
'Windfall' tax refund will pay for roof repairs
Money from a "windfall" property tax refund from Franklin County will be used to repair the roof at Groveport's municipal building.
Groveport Finance Director Jeff Green said the "windfall" comes from money the city paid in property taxes on the Links at Groveport Golf Course from 2006, the year the city purchased the course. He said Groveport received an exemption from paying taxes on the property and was retroactively awarded $366,000.
On June 11, Groveport City Council unanimously voted to amend an appropriation ordinance that will now allow repairs to the municipal building at 655 Blacklick St., using money from that refund.
Green said it makes sense to use those funds for much-needed repairs to the municipal building, particularly the roof, which he said needs to be totally replaced.
"The reason we put it into administrative capital is that we don't know what the costs (will be) for the repairs to the (municipal) building," Green said. "When these funds came in from the county, the best option was to set them aside for this building rather than tapping into other funds. It's a good opportunity and we'll have carryover for 2013 for other projects.
"We want to make sure the funds are available when we award the contract, whenever that is."
City Administrator Marsha Hall said the money was put into capital improvement funds designated for a number of repair projects, but the focus will center first on the exterior of the municipal building.
In addition to replacing the roof, she said the building also needs gutter and drainage work and some painting.
Hall said there is water damage to the interior of the building as well, but those repairs will have to wait.
"We need to get the exterior done before we work on the interior," she said.
She said the roof repair project was advertised for bid once before, with one contractor submitting a bid. She said the city will start the process over by advertising bids for the installation of a 30-year shingled roof.
"The engineer's estimate was $165,000. The bid we received was somewhat under that but it excluded a portion of the work," Hall said. "(We'll) take that out and rebid it and readvertise it."
She said officials hope the work can start around Aug. 1.