Whitehall City Council on July 2 voted to accept the city's tax budget for 2014.

Whitehall City Council on July 2 voted to accept the city's tax budget for 2014.

Every Ohio municipality or township is required to submit a budget to the appropriate county auditor by July 20 of each year to receive local government funding.

"It is not our appropriation ordinance but rather an estimate of our budget than can be amended as needed, but we have to file it to be eligible for local government funding," city auditor Dan Miller said.

The 2014 budget for Whitehall projects general-fund revenue of $25,632,720 and general fund expenses of $25,300,601 -- a surplus of $332,119.

Speaking of expenses, council passed an emergency ordinance authorizing a payment of $7,338 to Eastman & Smith for legal fees in connection with the city's complaint against Woodcliff Condominiums in the Environmental Division of the Franklin County Municipal Court, Miller said.

City attorney Mike Shannon said the city is continuing to negotiate with Woodcliff Condominiums in advance of a July 25 hearing before visiting Judge Teresa Liston.

Council members also passed an emergency measure to levy special assessments for the performance of required property maintenance at multiple parcels in the city.

An ordinance approving a special permit for the operation of a child day care center, at 126 Pinewood Drive, was introduced and read by title only. A second reading and public hearing are scheduled for the July 16 council meeting.

Also read by title only and held for a second reading July 16 was an ordinance transferring $250,000 from the transfer expense account to the street maintenance and repair fund.

Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard said the transfer had been anticipated since the 2013 operating budget was approved in January.

"We knew we would need a supplemental transfer before the end of the year," she said.

Another ordinance passed by emergency July 2 transfers $7,000 from the new equipment account to the equipment repair account.

The transfer is necessary to cover the cost of a repair to the city's street sweeper, Maggard said.