Hilliard Northwest News

Norwich trustees OK preliminary 2015 finances

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The Norwich Township trustees on June 17 adopted a resolution approving the general-fund operating budget for fiscal year 2015.

The budget estimates expenditures of $16.2 million and is about $1.5 million less than the previous fiscal year's budget because it does not include one-time expenses incurred the previous fiscal year, said Trustee Larry Earman.

Those expenses included $950,000 for the township's share of the construction of a new communications tower in Hilliard and upgrades to existing communication towers, and for new equipment for the Norwich Township Fire Department.

The budget is an estimate that all cities, villages and townships are required to file by July 21 with the Franklin County Auditor's Office.

The trustees plan to adopt a permanent budget for fiscal 2015 later this year and it likely will be different than the estimated budget adopted June 17, Earman said.

In other business June 17:

• The trustees approved an additional contribution of $25,000 to the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center. The township previously donated $200,000 for the center. Trustees agreed to donate an additional $25,000, Earman said, after a corporation did not make an anticipated $50,000 donation to the project.

• Fire Chief Jeff Warren recognized firefighters Brett Balyeat, Mike Bidlack and Kevin Strawser for 15 years of service to the department.

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