Hilliard Northwest News

City Council to consider full slate of budget items Dec. 10


Hilliard City Council members are expected to adopt the city's general-fund operating budget for 2013 during a meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.

Other expected action includes ordinances approving a budget for the city's 2013 capital-improvement projects and amending the city's general-fund operating expenses for 2012, as well as a battery of ordinances establishing or renewing contacts for a variety of services.

Read the Dec. 13 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News for coverage of the meeting.

The city's estimated general-fund budget for 2013 is $20.28 million and reflects a 3.28 percent increase from the 2012 budget. In the previous two years, increases were 0.4 percent and 0.12 percent, respectively.

The estimated general-fund revenue is $20.3 million -- $20,752 in excess of expenditures.

At the department level, the budget of the finance department for 2013 is $865,573, or 4.74 percent less than the estimated expenditures for 2012.

The budget for the city's information-technology division is $535,219, a 15.2 percent increase from 2012.

The budget for the human-resources department is $359,208, an increase of 38 percent from the 2012 budget and a result of the department assuming payroll responsibilities from the finance department.

The lands and buildings department budget is $962,123, an increase of 3.22 percent from 2012.

The law department budget is $342,861, an increase of 7.4 percent from 2012.

The safety department budget is $8.2 million, of which $7.9 million is for personnel salaries and benefits. The 2013 budget figure is a 1.2 percent increase from 2012.

The public-services budget is $2.04 million, an 8.1 percent increase from 2012.

The recreation and parks budget is $2.8 million, an increase of less than 1 percent from 2012.

The budget for the 2013 capital-improvements plan will be about $8.3 million. Sanitary-sewer improvements, at about $2.2 million, and transportation improvements, at about $2 million, are the largest allocations by category within the overall budget.

The budget for lands and buildings is $1.2 million and includes $784,000 for facility upgrades at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park required in advance of a privately developed sports dome to be built inside the park.

The budget for stormwater management is almost $1.4 million, with $1 million earmarked for the replacement of the Cosgray Road Bridge over Clover Groff ditch.

Other CIP purchases for 2013 include new police cruisers ($262,000), light trucks ($120,000), police vests ($20,000), new desktop and laptop computers ($41,500), water-tank repainting ($205,400) and upgrades to the city's computer network ($34,500).

As for the ordinance amending the city's operating expenses for the current year, the total amount is not being adjusted; rather, the ordinance will reallocate revenue at the department levels, transferring from places where there is excess to those where there is a deficit.

The remaining battery of ordinances will authorize the city to purchase stop-loss insurance and to buy excess of loss coverage as required by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation; forge an agreement with Franklin County Public Health to provide services; amend the city's authorized strength; and approve contracts for information-technology services.