Milford changes tax allocation

April 16th, 2010    Author: Tonya Brooks    Filed Under: News

An ordinance changing the way that the City of Milford allocates its tax dollars passed unanimously at the April 6 Milford City Council meeting. Law Director Michael Minnear read the proposed ordinance and the council voted to increase the amount given to the General Fund.

Effective April 1, the percentage of tax revenues for the General Fund will increase from 80 to 92.4 percent.

Funds allocated to the Capital Improvement Reserve Fund will fall from 15 percent to 5.5 percent while tax spending for Parks and Recreation will decrease from 5 percent to 2.1 percent.

The Capital Improvement Reserve Fund was established by the city charter to pay for public improvements and equipment.

Council member R. Bryan Hawkins requested that City Manager Loretta Rokey serve as acting Director of Finance and Income Tax Administrator to replace former director Tim Petric. The city council removed Petric from office in March.

A council vote confirmed Rokey's new job duties and another vote authorized the city manager to contract for personal services to perform the duties of the Finance and Income Tax Departments.

Assistant City Manager Pam Holbrook gave the City Manager's Report for the council meeting. She announced that the city would pick up brush every other Wednesday beginning on April 7 and said that telephone calls notifying the city before pick-up were not necessary. Holbrook added that residents should not include grass clippings with the brush.

Holbrook reported that the Wastewater Department was making repairs to meet new Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requirements.

She requested that council appoint Rachelle Rapp-Dickerson to a new four-year term on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Council voted and confirmed the continued appointment of Rapp-Dickerson.

Mayor Amy Brewer issued a proclamation naming April 30 as Arbor Day.

"I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden hearts and promote the well-being of all future citizens," she said.
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