During his opening remarks for Dublin's annual State of the City address, City Manager Dana McDaniel acknowledged that normally, the city presents the address live before 300 people.

"This time, we are presenting our state of the city digitally," he said.

The address was closed to the public as Ohio and the nation attempts to control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The city's annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration parade was canceled, the community celebration planned for the opening of the Dublin Link pedestrian bridge was postponed and the Dublin Community Recreation Center and the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library system have been closed.

"We made some tough decisions earlier this week," McDaniel said.

The address was broadcast via a livestream March 12 and can is online on the city's website: dublinohiousa.gov/state-of-the-city.

The address began with a review of the city's precautionary health measures and delved into the state of Dublin's finances.

Interim finance director Matt Stiffler said 2019 revenues were $153.3 million.

For the first time in Dublin's history, income-tax collections exceeded $90 million, Stiffler said.

Last year's municipal income-tax revenue totaled more than $93.3 million, Stiffler said, a 6% increase over 2018's municipal income-tax revenue of $88.1 million.

In addition to discussing finances, the address also covered other metrics -- the goals City Council members had set for 2020.

Mayor Chris Amorose Groomes reviewed the past year's goals council is still working on, as well as the 2035 framework plan that is part of this year's initiatives.

Goals for last year that council members decided to continue to address are ensuring fiscal strength and sustainability, updating the city's economic-development strategy and to be the most connected community in the U.S.

Dublin 2035 will focus on infrastructure, land use, economic vitality and quality of life.

Groomes also provided an update about the timeline for the city's physical seat of government.

Groomes said construction is set to begin this spring on the new City Hall at 5555 Perimeter Drive.

The city plans to add about 12,000 square feet to house new Dublin City Council chambers and public meeting and office spaces.

It would expand the facility to 32,000 square feet, in total.

The property, which previously was occupied by Delta Energy, was purchased in March 2018 for $4 million.

Groomes said a number of city staff members are expected to move into the building by the end of the year.

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