Tallmadge Council adopts $25 million budget for 2013

All city employees will receive 2 percent salary increases in 2013

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- City Council adopted a $25 million permanent operating budget for 2013 on Dec. 13, which includes 2 percent wage increases for all city employees.

The administration earned commendations from councilmembers Robert Maguire and Kim Ray for putting together what Ray said was a "very fiscally sound budget."

Mayor Dave Kline echoed that sentiment and passed the praise along.

"I want to applaud my administrative staff for working so diligently on the budget, and all the department heads," he said.

The general fund of the 2013 budget is about $17 million with the carryover from 2012. At the end of 2013, the projected general fund balance is about $4.3 million.

The overall operating budget for 2012 is nearly $30 million, with about $13 million in the general fund.

Director of Administration Tom Pascarella said last month the city is in good financial shape and has the largest general fund balance in the city's history. He said the general fund balance is usually in the neighborhood of $1.8 to $2 million.

The 2013 budget includes about $1 million for roads and other improvement projects, including $160,000 for engineering for North Avenue, $300,000 for Ohio Department of Transportation paving projects and $40,000 to refurbish the tennis courts at Lions Park.

This year, the city is spending about $1.5 million on roads, which Kline said is the most the city has ever spent on them.

Councilman Jack Sarver cast the sole vote against the 2013 budget. He said the city is in a financial position to hire more police officers and do more work on the roads.

"I'm going to vote against the budget tonight, and I'll continue to do so until we can add some police officers to the police force," he said.

Kline later said in response to Sarver's comments that the police department is in the process of hiring an officer to fill a vacancy.

The budget also allows for the hiring of a part-time assistant for Information Technology Administrator Lloyd Alger. The position will pay and annual salary of $23,000 but won't include benefits.

According to Kline, the city doesn't plan to lay off any personnel.

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