|Perrysburg to continue assessments|
|Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 20 September 2013 09:50|
City council approved 5 to 1 the yearly property assessments for trees and lighting along city streets Tuesday following a second conversation on taking the $270,000 out of the general fund instead.
Similar discussion was heard at the last meeting, when council members Todd Grayson and Sara Weisenburger said they supported ending the tax assessment and incorporating the expenses into the city's annual budget.
Grayson was absent Tuesday, but Weisenburger continued her argument against the ongoing tax, noting that she wasn't against the programs, but wanted them to be absorbed into the budget.
Other members, including Tom Mackin and Mike Olmstead, said they supported renewing the tax again this year, with Mackin saying it could be difficult to reinstate it by a future citizen vote if it became necessary, and that the programs don't fit within the city's "core business" functions.
Olmstead said he wanted to discuss whether the programs should be rolled into the general fund when it came time to prepare the budget over the next several months, and voted to keep the tax in place in the meantime.
Mayor Nelson Evans cautioned that if the assessment weren't approved, other services may have been sacrificed to continue the programs, which have been popular among residents, he and other council members said.
City Administator Bridgette Kabat said the city will review the programs next year.
Council also approved:
• Ordinances to accept funding through Wood County and the Ohio Development Services Agency for improvements to Jefferson Street.
• Sidewalk repairs not to exceed $36,535.50, to be paid for by the city as opposed to being assessed to residents.
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