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Tartan Ridge

Annexation pact expected to solidify fire, EMS service

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Fire and emergency medical services service problems in Tartan Ridge could soon be a thing of the past.

After dealing for several years with who will provide fire and EMS service to a small pocket of Tartan Ridge that lies in Jerome Township, an annexation agreement that Dublin City Council is expected to approve this week could be the solution.

The Washington Township Fire Department serves all of Dublin and was serving all of Tartan Ridge, but did not collect levy money from the pocket of homes that remained in Jerome Township.

"We believe we have come to (an) agreement on a long-term solution to the fire/EMS service issue that will involve a boundary adjustment to move the affected Tartan Ridge properties from Jerome Township to Washington Township," as city staff memo to City Council stated.

According to Ohio Revised Code, when boundaries are conformed a city is "obliged to pay 'reparations,' which compensates the township for certain property taxes it loses once the boundaries are conformed," the staff memo stated.

"We will assist them in acquiring an EMS vehicle," City Manager Marsha Grigsby said of reparations for Jerome Township.

Per the agreement, Dublin will pay $210,000 to Jerome Township, but recover 50 percent of that from Tartan Ridge developer, the Edwards Group.

The agreement is expected to be approved by council this week.

Grigsby said she anticipates the annexation being done by June.

 

Other matters

In other city news, a first-quarter financial update put Dublin in good standing.

"I'm happy to report we are in excellent financial shape so far this year," Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said.

The city ended 2013 with a year-end balance of $56 million, which accounted for 99 percent of the 2013 general fund expenditures.

In the first quarter of 2014, Dublin has a carryover balance of $60.4 million or 98 percent of the planned general fund expenditures for 2014, the staff report to council stated.

The city has a policy to keep a year-end balance of at least 50 percent of General Fund expenditures.

As for income tax revenue, which is the city's main money-maker, the first quarter of 2014 ended with a 13.8 percent increase in income tax revenue over the first quarter of 2013.

"Income tax revenue is much higher than last year," Chinnici-Zuercher said.

The city projected it would collect $76.5 million in income tax revenue and is on its way.

"While the first quarter of any given year can be unpredictable in terms of income tax revenue, 2014 saw an increase in revenue each month, with the majority of the growth occurring in February and March," the staff report said.

Hotel/motel tax revenue is up as is revenue from property tax collections and most tax-increment financing district funds.

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