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City Council OKs 2013 budget, income-tax allocations

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Pataskala City Council approved the 2013 budget and new income-tax allocations Dec. 10 in split votes.

City Council approved an ordinance for the 2013 budget in a 4-3 vote, with Dan Hayes, Bryan Lenzo, Merissa McKinstry and Pat Sagar voting yes and Bernard Brush, Mike Compton and Mike Fox voting no.

The budget ordinance included an amendment removing two new positions -- a full-time human resources director and one of three seasonal public-services employees -- and removing the purchase of two vehicles, one for the zoning department and one for administration.

The amendment, proposed by Hayes, allows the city to purchase four police cruisers instead of two, with two of the police vehicles being replaced designated for zoning and administration. It also allows the city to hire one part-time park-maintenance worker.

The potential savings of $45,000 would go into the capital-improvements budget.

Fox said during the meeting he voted against the ordinance because he felt it was rushed. He requested it be tabled, but the motionfailed for lack of a second.

City Council also changed the allocation of city income-tax revenue in a 4-3 vote, with Hayes, Lenzo, McKinstry and Sagar voting yes and Brush, Compton and Fox voting no.

The distribution will be: 32 percent to the street fund; 58.5 percent to the police fund; 6.75 percent to the capital-improvements fund; and 2.75 percent to the debt-service fund.

Fox said he voted against the ordinance because there still is too much carryover in certain funds and the distribution needs further review.

In other business, City Council approved an ordinance 6-1 to authorize City Administrator Tim Boland to contract for $2.5 million in road improvements for 2013.

Fox cast the dissenting vote.

He tried to have the ordinance amended to remove the ability to enter into contracts, but the amendment failed with Fox, Brush and Compton voting in favor and Hayes, Lenzo, McKinstry and Sagar voting against it.

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