Councilmen Warren Straley and Bill Marshall, Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming, and Mayor Jerry Mazur attend Monday's City Council meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Councilmen Warren Straley and Bill Marshall, Safety-Service Director Jay Fleming, and Mayor Jerry Mazur attend Monday's City Council meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – During Monday's meeting, Van Wert City Council covered a variety of topics and heard an update about the City's financial state.

Auditor Martha Balyeat noted that the City has spent $66,000 more than it has taken in and the City is only $14,000 ahead of where they were at this point last year.

"Income tax revenues are still trailing last year," said Balyeat. "Part of that is due to the Net Profit Tax, but I don't think that that's the entire problem."

Balyeat said she doesn't believe the City will make their projected income tax revenue for 2019. For the 2020 budget, she didn't add an increased projection.

"We're not to the point where it's critical, but we're still relying on the .22 tax to pay Police and Fire Salary and Fringe Benefits, so we're always looking for that General Fund tax dollars to increase," said Balyeat. "Which, they have not yet this year."

Also during the meeting, Council approved an amendment of the Job Creation Incentive Program on the first and final reading.

The ordinance revises the city Job Creation Incentives Program as a development tool to recruit and retain businesses in the City of Van Wert. Various tiers were created to calculate an "incentive payment" based on the incentive factor times the qualifying new payroll times the current City of Van Wert municipal income tax rate minus the pay increase factor times retained prior year full-time W-2 wages.

Another stipulation that was added included allowing for more time for employers to create jobs that have not previously existed in Van Wert.

Council also asked for a motion to be prepared to grandfather in MEK to the new program rules so that they could be eligible to apply for the incentive.

During his report, Councilman-At-Large Joel Penton stated that the new bleachers are ready to be set up at Smiley Park and asked that any volunteers willing to help set them up contact him or the Parks Department to get more information. The Parks Department can be contacted at 419-203-9776. Penton also welcomed volunteers to just show up. The bleachers are planned to be set up on June 13 at 8 a.m.

It was also noted that brush pick-up will continue throughout the week.

During his report, Councilman-At-Large Warren Straley said he is gaining more information on how to go about doing a community-wide trash pickup day so that community members can throw away junk they couldn't typically put in their weekly trash bags.

Council will continue to gather information to see how they can go about enacting such a project.

In other business, Council voted to nominate Mark Schumm as the City's appointment to the Economic Development Board. Council also voted to approve the tax budget that Balyeat presented at the last meeting.

A committee meeting to hear from Miami County that was set for Monday's meeting was rescheduled to 6 p.m on June 24. The next City Council meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on June 24 in Council Chambers.