Tallmadge -- At the last City Council meeting of the year on Dec. 12, Council unanimously adopted the city administration's proposed $28 million permanent operating budget for next year.
The deadline to adopt the 2014 budget was Jan. 1, 2014.
The 2014 budget is roughly $3 million larger than this year's, with a general fund of about $15.1 million and a projected end-of-the-year general fund balance of $4.6 million. The general fund of this year's budget is $13.2 million, with $4.3 million for the projected end-of-the-year general fund balance.
"I do believe this is a good budget and I want to thank Council for its consideration," said Mayor Dave Kline.
The larger budget for next year includes new expenses, including new personnel for the police department and fire department, as well as new vehicles and equipment.
All contracted employees of the city will get a 2 percent salary increase, and medical insurance will increase by 10 percent.
The city will spend the same amount on roads next year as it does this year, which is about $1.5 million.
At the Tallmadge Recreation Center, the turf will be replaced on the soccer field, new cardio equipment will replace older equipment and the facility will start a spinning exercise program.
Other major expenditures for next year include new carpeting for the first floor of City Hall, park improvements and increased beautification, a new columbarium in the cemetery and leaf machines, snow plows, and other vehicles.
Direct indictment program
Before Council voted on the budget, city administration added additional money to a few line items during its committee meetings Dec. 9. One was adding $10,000 to the police department's budget to join the direct indictment program through the court system. As part of this program, some felony cases will bypass the preliminary hearing in Stow Municipal Court and move directly to the Summit County Prosecutor's Office, where they will be presented to the Grand Jury. Since it is estimated the city will save $10,000 with the program, Kline said there should be no costs incurred. Stow joined the program in September. Other communities which belong to the program are Boston Township, Northfield Center Township, Sagamore Hills Township and Twinsburg Township.
Another line item addition was allocating $15,000 to the park maintenance fund for maintenance of soccer fields and walkway repairs, among other upgrades.
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