Worthington leaders are in the process of approving the budget and capital-improvements plan for 2020 by early December.

City Manager Matt Greeson said a number of factors are going to influence next year's budget, including a decline in revenue because of the still-vacant building at 6740 N. High St. that was home to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield until 2017, when the insurance company relocated to Columbus, near Polaris Fashion Place.

He said Worthington's relocation of its 911 dispatching services to Dublin's Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center also would affect revenue because of the initial cost. Worthington City Council in May authorized the transition to the NRECC, which is a safety communications agency partnership with police departments in Dublin, Hilliard and Upper Arlington and fire departments in Upper Arlington and Norwich and Washington townships.

In addition, Greeson said, capital-improvement projects would affect the budget process due to their cost, as "the need exceeds the current revenue," he said.

That includes $1.8 million in fiscal 2020 to make improvements to McCord Park, 333 E. Wilson Bridge Road. Greeson said the $1.8 million will not cover all of the improvement plan.

"We want to maintain our current level of service," he said.

Greeson said detailed information would be provided at a meeting later this month as the budget process continues.

According to city documents, the budget needs to be approved by Dec. 2 after a public hearing. The budget ordinance is expected to be introduced by council Monday, Nov. 18.

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