Resident compares Kasich’s budget to city’s financial habits

“State dipping into the pockets of the city of Troy”

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — A Troy resident pointed out how the city is responding to the state’s budget which seeking to keep municipality funds is how he believes Troy residents feel when the city adds fees and raises rates at the council meeting on Tuesday.

Brock Heath was not present at the council meeting.

Council passed a resolution to state its opposition to the proposed state budget unanimously.

Prior to the vote, resident Lester Conard said, “I had to take this with a little bit of humor now that the shoe is on the other foot with the state dipping into the pockets of the city of Troy. It doesn’t seem to matter to (Director of Public Service and Safety) Mr. (Patrick) Titterington or to council when they put on all these extra charges to the citizens like tags for street repair when we’ve got plenty of money in the general fund. Everything seems to be on a 10-year-basis, but now the state wants to get in your pocket and you are acting like a citizen….Now, you are saying let’s get petitions.”

Conard noted many letters to the editor opposing city projects like the Treasure Island Park.

“Well, you went ahead and did it anyway! You know, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Conard said before sitting down.

Part of the governor’s state budget proposal includes businesses filing income tax with the state, which would then redistribute the funds with a 1 percent administration fee. The proposal would mandate businesses to file their net profit return through the Ohio Business Gateway. The Ohio Business Gateway is controlled by the Ohio Department of Taxation and the funds would be filed without auditing services. The administration fee could cost the city more than $60,000 per year in loss revenue from the proposed administration fee alone.

In other news,

The teen responsible for egging and causing a mess outside of Bakehouse Bread over the weekend apologized to council for her actions. Her father said as part of her punishment she will be picking up trash around downtown Troy and paying restitution for her actions to the restaurant.

“I wanted to say I am sorry to the city for what I did,” she said.

President Marty Baker commended the young lady for admitting her role and for apologizing for her actions.

“We very much appreciate your apology and respect your for having the courage to come forward… we appreciate that you are going to be doing things to remedy that,” President Baker said.

Conard later asked if there was a senior or veteran discount from the city for sidewalk repair projects. Council member Bobby Phillips said he did not believe there were discounts of that nature at this time.

Council also unanimously passed the following legislation:

• R-16-2017 — Authorize bidding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2016 corner curb ramp project at a cost not to exceed $85,000. There is no cost to the city of Troy. The project is to replace older sidewalk and corner curb ramps in the southeast part of Troy to coordinate with this year’s sidewalk repair project.

• R-17-2017 — Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Funding for the State Route 41 Traffic signal interconnect project. Legislation to recognize the ODOT funding of the project.

• O-6-2017 — Release Mortgage Lien for Roy and Jean Baker. In 2002, a loan was made with CDBG funds to the Bakers for repairs to the 15 S. Market St. property. The building has been sold and the loan has been repaid.

“State dipping into the pockets of the city of Troy”

By Melanie Yingst

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Follow Melanie Yingst on Twitter @Troydailynews