Mayor Jerry Mazur stated during Monday's meeting that the City can not add additional employees to the General Fund. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Mayor Jerry Mazur stated during Monday's meeting that the City can not add additional employees to the General Fund. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – During Monday’s City Council meeting, City Auditor Martha Balyeat gave an update on funds for the halfway point of the year and reiterated to Council that there is no money to add additional City employees.

So far, the City has taken in $3.3 million in the General Fund and spent $3.2 million.

“We’re still using the Police and Fire Safety tax to fund police and fire salaries,” said Balyeat. “This year we cut that back from using the full 2/3 to using 1/3. Next year we’re projected to use the full 2/3 and it doesn’t look like that is going to change if we’re only $157,000 ahead of where we were last year.”

Balyeat said the use of the Safety tax to fund salaries prohibits the City from hiring more employees than the allotted amount when the tax was passed in 2010. The City is able to replace employees who retire or leave, but cannot add additional employees above what needs to be replaced.

“As long as we use a portion of .22 tax for police and fire salaries and fringe benefits, you can’t grow any other department,” said Balyeat.

“Our General Fund will not support police and fire,” added Mayor Jerry Mazur. “Therefore the .22 is being used to support police and fire. As long as we’re taking that .22 tax to support a General Fund expense, we can’t add other people to the General Fund.”

In other business, Balyeat also noted that the City received a $10,000 EPA grant for a 55-gallon drum of mosquito spray, and asked that four supplemental appropriations of $4,170.25 be prepared for a new server for the City.

During his report, Councilman-At-Large Bill Marshall introduced an amended ordinance (18-06-043) that would require those in the city who are doing building projects to obtain a building permit for all projects that cost $300.

Also during the meeting, it was noted that the Rosalie Drive sewer project will start next week and that brush pick up is on-going this week.

Councilman Steve Trittschuh said during his Streets and Alleys reports that he has received many complaints about the congestion on Washington Street and said he will check into the complaints and report back to Council.

In other business, Council approved an ordinance to authorize the Mayor to accept the deed from the Van Wert County Foundation for Franklin Park. Also approved was an ordinance to make supplemental appropriations to funds 101, 220, 301, 601, and 602.

Ordinance 18-06-041 was read on its third and final, which allows for the change in use for the .5 percent Street Tax.

With no further business, Council adjourned. The next meeting will be held July 23, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.