Whitehall News

Balanced budget set for '15


Whitehall's general fund operating budget for 2015 is nearly perfectly balanced, showing estimated revenues that are $1,115 in excess of expenditures within a $26.1 million budget, city officials say.

Council members at their July 1 meeting adopted a resolution approving a tax budget for 2015. The vote was 5-0, with Councilman Chris Rodriguez and Councilwoman Leslie LaCorte absent.

The 2015 tax budget is only an estimate, Whitehall Auditor Dan Miller said, and likely to change before a final tax budget is approved later in the year.

Municipalities, villages and townships in Franklin County are required to submit a tax budget each year on or about July 20 for the following tax year. This year, the budgets must be filed with the county auditor's office by July 21.

Whitehall's tax budget estimates general fund revenue of $26,106,000 and general fund expenses of $26,104,885, a difference of $1,115.

Both figures are less than the comparative estimate for the current year. General fund revenue and expenses for 2014 each are $26.2 million. Revenue is estimated to exceed expenses by $21,020, city leaders said.

Also at last week's meeting, council members unanimously adopted an ordinance amending the city's code concerning fire lanes.

The code had included fire lanes at businesses that no longer exist, including a former Service Merchandise Center at 3651 E. Main St. and several other businesses at the Town and County Shopping Center.

The ordinances add new fire lanes to the city code, including those at Kroger at the Great Eastern Shopping Center, Safe Auto Insurance Co., Holiday Bowling Lanes, Whitehall-Yearling High School and numerous apartment complexes.

New apartment buildings include Big Walnut Apartments, Wyandotte Commons Apartments, Rosemore Avenue Apartments and Colonial East Apartments.