Gahanna's finance director wants Gahanna residents to say they live in Gahanna when visiting the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Gahanna's finance director wants Gahanna residents to say they live in Gahanna when visiting the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Jerry Isler said the BMV clerk enters a code for the city of residence. When a Gahanna resident lists Columbus as the city of residence, Gahanna loses money. He said the BMV uses codes -- 2507 for Gahanna -- to determine whether the registrant is charged a $5 permissive tax for Gahanna. In addition, he said, the code is used to distribute revenue shares from fees and taxes.

"What people don't realize is, with improper registration, the city of Gahanna not only doesn't receive their share of the vehicle-registration fees, but based on registrations is how the gas-tax revenue is distributed, which pays for maintaining our streets," Isler said.

The state uses the number of registered residents in a particular municipality to figure out how much gas-tax money each municipality would receive for the maintenance of its streets.

Isler said the biggest problem area currently is Harrison Pond. Those homes have a New Albany ZIP code, but they are in the city of Gahanna. The Gahanna branch of the Columbus post office, however, delivers the mail there.

Isler said the key is in checking the registration code.

"If everyone checks their registration form to be sure the code is 2507, it is for their benefit," he said. "Obviously, the money goes to repair your streets, no matter what the ZIP code is."

In the past, Gahanna has hired an auditor to make sure Gahanna residents register correctly as Gahanna residents. After the auditor would make a correction, however, the registration would be correct only until the next time the resident renewed license plates or renewed a registration and again checked a code other than 2507.

"They are doing a better job now" of keeping the Gahanna residents straight, Isler said.

Those who aren't sure could check their monthly bills for guidance, he said. "Citizens who have Gahanna water and sewer billing or Gahanna refuse billing are in the city of Gahanna," he said.