HUBER HEIGHTS —Monday night, the Huber Heights City Council heard the third reading approving the execution of a 16th Amendment to the amended and restated Development Agreement With DEC Land Co. I LLC. which will provide public infrastructure to help develop an additional 48 lots.
Considering 32.9 percent of the estimated cost, the city’s investment in construction of the roadway and public infrastructure is $579,000 (through TIF fund) , leaving the remaining $1,175,947 cost being the responsibility of the development and property owner. Of that amount, $499,000 will be funded by the homeowners through special assessments which Council already approved. DEC Land Co. will fund over $976,000 in public infrastructure.
According to Assistant City Manager Don Jones, this will generate over $53,000 a year in TIF revenue to the city and $151,000 a year to the schools. Jones said the city’s portion of the TIF revenue is approximately $16,000 a year. Jones said that basically, the city was using the county’s money.
Mayor Thomas McMasters said it was hard for him to evaluate the numbers when given in the manner made by Jones. Jones responded that these were the same numbers that have been verbalized the last six weeks. Jones said a good indicator of household income is the value of their home. Jones said the average home or household in Huber Heights, in terms of the property tax plus the household income, produces about $460 dollars per year. He said the average home in Carriage Trails provides about $570 a year to the city in property taxes, about $110 more.
Council member Tyler Starline said that if he understood correctly, this project originated with $10.8 million of public debt, and over the first 15 prior amendments, it is just shy of $10 million additional debt and the aggregate debt of the amendments would be $11.3 million. He said that from Sept. 21, 2009 to now in 2015, over $22 million of public debt is carried on the city’s books. He said he deeply appreciates taking this down from the 100 percent that its been advocated for the last 15 times down to 33 percent. He said the discussion has been that sometime, it can be gotten down so that it doesn’t have to be done. He said he hoped “that day is today.” He said he’d probably be the lone no vote coming out of this vote. At some point, you don’t spend your self into prosperity, but let the private market go on its own, he said. He said he had contact with residents who question whether this is proper, who question whether it’s a sustainable process.
Starline did cast the sole no vote.
Council heard the second reading of the proposed $77.9 million budget. Mayor McMasters said that related to Parks & Recreation, he would like to know what the one to three year plan for needs in that department would be. He said he continually hears about the need for a skateboarding park and pickle ball. Council member Ed Lyons said that prior to recent approval of levies, that there was the potential of cuts to police and fire personnel if the levy had not passed and that he could understand the mayors frustration. McMasters also said he wanted to know what the needed capital improvements are projected to be for 2017-19.
Council heard the first reading of the modified and amended Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Fraternal Order Of Police, Ohio Labor Council, Inc. for Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016 for Lieutenants. The parties agreed to a 2.25 percent increase for that period.
Council heard the first reading of the modified and amended Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Ohio Council 8, Local 101, AFSCME, AFL-CIO (MaintenanceTechnicians/Mechanics/Crew Leader) in the Public Works Dept. for Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016. The parties agreed to a 2.25 percent increase for that period.
Council heard the second reading of an agreement that modifies and amends the Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Fraternal Order Of Police, Ohio Labor Council, Inc. for Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016 for both Sergeants and Records Technicians who have agreed to a 2.25 percent increase and an attendance incentive for that period.
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