It's back to the drawing board for a proposed registry that would have required fees and inspections for Reynoldsburg rental properties.

Reynoldsburg City Council will not vote on the ordinance as it was first proposed.

The full council and members of its public service and transportation committee had discussed the proposal at meetings last year and in January.

The committee voted unanimously Feb. 25 to permanently remove the item from its agenda.

The proposal will not be forwarded onto council for a vote.

"I'm going to shelve this and bring it back in a different incarnation," committee member and at-large council member Kristin Bryant said.

Bryant introduced the legislation last fall as a way to better track apartment owners and help ensure complexes are being maintained.

It would have required all rental units within city limits to be registered and pay per-unit fees ranging from $50 to $100 annually.

The units would then be subject to city inspections between rentals and any newly built apartments would need inspected before new tenants move in.

The legislation did not indicate how the city would manage the program or who would conduct inspections.

It also contained a clause that said any money left over after funding the program would go to the city's general fund.

"I don't think that's an appropriate thing to do," Bryant said Feb. 25.

Instead, she said she'd like to explore the possibility of using revenue from such a registry to fund grants for seniors and low-income homeowners to help keep their properties up to code.

The average age of Reynoldsburg's apartment complexes is 40, according to city officials.

The city employs two code-enforcement officers, but the system is complaint-driven.

Bryant said she is continuing to look for "some room in our budget to get some additional code enforcement officers."

The registry was met with opposition from Reynoldsburg landlords who said the city would unfairly burden them with more costs and oversight.

The Columbus Apartment Association, which says the city has about 6,000 apartment units, also opposed the rental registry, pointing out that Ohio law already requires the owners of residential rental property to register a contact agent with the auditor of the county where the property is located.

The fine for not registering rental properties in Franklin County was $50, but it was raised to $150 -- the most the law allows -- beginning in December when property tax bills due in 2019 were mailed.