Hilliard's finance and administration committee sent an ordinance to council asking for an increase of $1,340,000 in general fund appropriations.

Hilliard's finance and administration committee sent an ordinance to council asking for an increase of $1,340,000 in general fund appropriations.

The appropriations will go towards tax incentive payments to various Hilliard businesses as required by previously approved agreements, with $450,000 in current year refunds; $430,000 in tax incentive payments from 2007-09; and $460,000 in current year tax incentive payments.

Finance director Michelle Kelly-Underwood said there had been difficulties in verifying incentive milestones through the Regional Income Tax Agency due to contract employee wages.

"I think because it was a new program, it was going to be some back and forth between RITA and the city and different companies," Kelly-Underwood said. "I think we've got a process down now so that the 2009 verification went a lot smoother than those first two years."

The ordinance, which was declared an emergency measure, was sponsored and adopted on first reading at the city council meeting Monday night. The ordinance will be up for emergency passage at the council meeting on Oct. 25.

Also at the council meeting:

A resolution was passed authorizing the purchase of four new police cruisers and two unmarked vehicles.

Public service director Butch Seidle said the construction of tennis courts is nearly done. Northwest Parkway could be open to traffic in October. He also said the Triangle Project is ahead of schedule.

The economic and community development committee discussed the establishment of an economic development council.

"It's really just an advisory body, a business roundtable that advises the city and gives input on the state of the environment for doing business," said chair Kelly McGivern.

The public safety and legal affairs committee discussed council operating procedures for filling a vacancy, and proposed rules of behavior in First Responders Park. Among the rules would be no alcohol or smoking within the park, no littering, no playing in the water and no touching the featured artwork.

The recreation and community involvement committee discussed a Recreation and Parks Commission study/survey.