Finance committee receives 2018 city budget

EAST LIVERPOOL – City council’s finance committee was presented this week with the 2018 permanent budget by Auditor Marilyn Bosco, who said she took a “conservative” approach in preparing the figures.

Bosco said after the meeting she just wanted council members to have time to look over the budget and prepare to address it at their March 19 meeting, since it doesn’t have to be submitted to the county until March 31. The $16.5 million budget includes a $4.3 million general fund. Most funds remain the same as 2017; however, Bosco noted an increase in employee heath insurance is reflected, as well as an increase in the transfer to the street department due to a loss in motor vehicle fund monies. Traffic cam revenue is listed at $480,000 in the budget for 2018. The Thompson Park pool fund was also increased from $5,000 to $8,000 this year. Bosco said the budget reflects the purchase of new cruisers for the police department but does not, at this point, include the cost of three new firefighters expected to be hired as part of a new private-public ambulance service. She noted the budget is a “fluid” document with changes expected to be made throughout the year. The budget also includes money for the remaining new windows at City Hall, according to Bosco. The committee forwarded for council’s consideration the annual cost allocation ordinance with no increases to any department but with Chairman Fred Rayl asking for a “good faith” decrease of 1 percent from the amount charged the water and sewer departments. Bosco said that will amount to $2,276 less paid to the city for services provided to those departments. An ordinance authorizing payment of $5,688 to WW Penn Ohio LLC was also forwarded for council’s consideration. Council meets at 6 p.m. March 5.