|Finance Committee receives six 2014 Budget options|
|Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:18 AM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — The Delphos City Finance Committee held a short meeting following the regular council meeting Monday.
Committee members were given six different variations of a the 2014 budget by Safety Service Director Greg Berquist to go over.
“If you have any questions, please email me and include the other members so everyone knows what was asked and I will answer to all of you,” Berquist said. “I need guidance from council as to what to do and what direction to go.”
The variations include the recent staff reductions, furloughs, cuts in seasonal employees and health care costs.
City Auditor Tom Jettinghoff reported he had made contact with the Ohio Water Development Authority about deferring the loan payment on the wastewater treatment plant. He said the OWDA had a few questions for him, which he answered, and he had not heard back.
Jim Knebel asked if the current figures for the General Fund, Water Fund and Wastewater Fund were available. Jettinghoff said those numbers would be generated at the end of the month and provided at the first meeting in November.
Rural resident Brenda Hoersten questioned cuts to the fire department and police department and “throwing more money” at the wastewater treatment plant.
“You guys are just approving more and more money to the plant the that’s only six or seven years old and you don’t even know if it’s going to fix it,” she said. “We are just throwing more money into what I think is a money pit and not addressing the elephant in the room. Where is the dialog? It seems this side chit chats and this side doesn’t know what’s going on.”
Sandy Wilhem also spoke.
“So we’ve seen the problem; what are we going to do about it?” she asked.
Councilman Josh Gillespie asked how many employees take advantage of the health care plan offered by the city and was told there are 43.
Finance Committee President Joe Martz asked for any questions on the six budget proposals and added that if anyone felt the need to have additional Finance Committee meetings to contact him.
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