CENTERBURG — One financial concern and a fiscal opportunity were among items discussed by the Centerburg Village Council during its regular meeting last night.
The Central Ohio Joint Fire District, for which a tax levy failed in March, has decided against placing a levy on the ballot in a special election this summer. It will instead seek a 5.5-mill tax renewal in the November general election. Council Member Dave Beck reported that unless the levy passes the COJFD will be unfunded for 2013 and quickly use up its reserve funds.
Beck reported that because of increased costs some cutbacks in non-essential services, as well as billing for EMS services, will be necessary even if the levy passes. Last year’s unsuccessful levy was at 7.9 mills. The cost of COJFD services at 5.5 mills for the owner of a $100,000 home is about $175 per year.
In other financial news, Councilwoman Susie Oswalt reported that Centerburg is eligible to apply for funds from the Knox County Regional Planning Commission for demolition of vacant and dilapidated structures. A countywide total of $404,328 is available from funds that were generated from settlement of a lawsuit on behalf of the state with lenders that have taken part in questionable foreclosures.
Distribution of Ohio’s share of the settlement is based on county population. The deadline for applications is June 30, and Mayor Diana Stockmaster and village employees are working to produce the required paperwork on behalf of Centerburg. Allocation of funds will be made by the Knox County Commissioners.