To deal with continued growth within its borders, the village of Galena is considering the establishment of a new community authority, which would add charges on top of property taxes in new developments.

The proposed NCA would act as a tax, placing 10 mills on top of existing property taxes for each new development within village limits.

Funds collected from those 10 mills would be split among the Big Walnut Local School District and Galena, which would get 4 mills each, and developers, who would get 2 mills.

Village Administrator Jeanna Burrell said the developer also could choose to add only 8 mills and not collect the funding, or could add 2 mills for a total of 12.

Burrell said the NCA's purpose would be to "protect" the village from having to deal with aging infrastructure years after the developments have been built -- a problem faced by many Delaware County communities.

In the county alone, 11 other NCAs already have been established, and Burrell said village leaders took a look at other area examples to help develop their plan.

"You get a new development and you inherit new sewer lines, new roads, new storm sewer, new open space or parks and all that," she said. "It's great to get all that, but for the developments that came through in the 2005 time range, we inherited all those streets. Now, 10 years down the road, they all need maintained ... and they'll need replaced at some point."

The village worked with Columbus-based law firm Bricker & Eckler to develop the language for the NCA.

Representatives from the firm did not return calls for comment.

Burrell said the village has been working on the NCA for more than a year and has been informing developers of its impending creation.

She said she's spoken to some developers who have said they're fine with the NCA, but they won't have a decision to make.

Agreeing to the terms of the NCA will be part of development agreements with the village once it is established.

"We've taken the approach that for all new developments, it will be mandatory," Burrell said. "It's not optional because each new development will affect the village and affect schools."

Galena Village Council will hold a public hearing for approval of the new community authority at 7 p.m. Nov. 27.

Burrell said she expects it to be proposed as an emergency, which would see it take effect immediately with council approval.

"We're just trying to look out for the future," she said. "Right now we have three newer subdivisions that are getting to be 10 years old and you have 10-year-old roads. For us, it's very difficult to fund big roadwork."

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