Whitehall News

Council to tackle 2014 budget


Whitehall City Council members are expected to take a close look at the city's 2014 operating budget Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Whitehall City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road.

The 2014 appropriation ordinance for general-fund expenditures totaling $27.4 million was introduced Nov. 19.

Council's committees were expected to discuss the budget Nov. 26, after ThisWeek's press time.

The 2014 general-fund estimates revenue of $26.2 million and almost identical expenditures. The budget projects a carry-over of $21,210. The city's estimated cash balance at the end of 2014 is $5.97 million.

Beginning in 2015 and extending through 2018, the budget forecasts annual deficit spending ranging from $400,000 to almost $600,000 each year, reducing the city's estimated cash balance to $3.97 million by the of 2018.

An ordinance amending the city's salary schedule also was introduced Nov. 19 and is scheduled for a second reading Dec. 3.

The ordinance increases the minimum or maximum annual salary range, or hourly wage where applicable, to administrative positions in the city.

The individuals currently holding the positions, in most cases, are not earning the maximum salary provided for in the ordinance, Mayor Kim Maggard said.

In most cases, the amendments include raising the lower figure of a given salary range and leaving the maximum rate the same, but increases in the maximum salary would be made to some.

Proposed changes in the ordinance include raising the maximum annual salary of the police chief and fire chief from $124,700 to $127,506. Maximum salary increases also are proposed for the assistant fire chief and police lieutenant.

The maximum annual salary of the service director would rise from $97,415 to $99,606 under the proposed ordinance.

Legislation unanimously adopted during the Nov. 19 meeting included an ordinance authorizing Maggard to represent the city in collective-bargaining negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police.

The city's contract with the FOP expires Dec. 31, and the union and city will negotiate for a new three-year contract, effective Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2016.

Council members also adopted a resolution ratifying amendments to articles of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.