Groveport City Council is expected to approve an ambitious budget for 2020 at its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, that includes road and capital improvements and an eye on the city's aging recreation center.

Finance director Jason Carr said general-fund spending is estimated at $16.4 million in 2020, up from $16.1 million in 2019.

He said total gross income-tax revenue is expected to increase $18.73 million in 2020 -- an increase of 6% over this year's estimate.

"Gross income taxes will be allocated to the general fund (about $14,913,166), rainy-day fund ($150,000), debt-service fund (about $1,834,146) and capital-improvements fund (about $1,834,146) for calendar year 2020," Carr said.

The rainy-day fund balance is projected to be $1.8 million by the end of the year, he said.

"The proposed budget continues to meet City Council's financial objectives," city Administrator Marsha Hall wrote in a budget report to council. "This can be evidenced by calculated 20% general fund carryover exceeding requirements by $350,582, or $2,561,859. This unappropriated balance may only be expended upon a future budget amendment approved by council.

"The 2020 appropriations budget is the result of a coordinated effort by the finance department, administration and department heads," Hall wrote.

Some of the proposed projects in the 2020 spending plan include:

* Improvements to South Hamilton Road at Higgins Boulevard, phases 1 and 2 ($406,000 and $345,000, respectively); Alum Creek Drive at Rohr Road ($332,000); Old Hamilton Road, which includes phase-1 resurfacing from state Route 317 to Founders Bend Drive ($222,000) and phase-2 resurfacing from Founders Bend Drive to near Lowry Court ($290,000); West Bixby Road ($112,000); and Toy Road ($90,000).

* Annual street maintenance fund ($475,000), which includes upgrades to East Bixby Road from Old Hamilton Road east to Dorchester Street, Glendening Drive, Bay Grove Court, Briar Grove Court and Saw Grove Court.

* Maintenance barn at the Links golf course ($250,000).

A separate proposed ordinance recommends that 5% of the recreation center's gross revenue be set aside to fund both exterior and interior improvements as well as the purchase of needed equipment. The current rate is 3%.

"The age of the building necessitates that money be set aside for these expenses," Hall said in her report.

The $12 million, 67,000-square-foot facility opened in January 2004 in Groveport Park.

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