Tipp council approves budget

By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com

TIPP CITY — At their meeting Monday night, Tipp City Council approved a salary increase for the city manager and approved the 2016 budget.

Council authorized an increase in city manager Tim Eggleston’s bi-weekly salary from $3,558 to $3,735. Eggleston has been with the city for about a year.

Council also adopted the 2016 budget, which plans for $42,586,033 in total appropriations.

The budget sets forth estimated revenue and proposed expenditures by department. The appropriations ordinance authorizes the expenditure of the funds outlined in the budget ordinance.

“This is a very detail oriented procedure,” councilman Matt Owen said, thanking city staff for their work on the budget. “There’s a tremendous amount of detail that goes into the budget.”

The council also approved the continuation of a contract with Tipp Monroe Community Services at a base cost of $17,700, which the city has done since 2009. TMCS provides recreational and social services programs for residents of Tipp City and Monroe Township.

Council also heard the first readings of several ordinances, including the re-issuance of bond anticipation notes totaling $5.3 million. Another ordinance included supplemental appropriations for unexpected expenses in 2015, such as an unanticipated retirement and the expansion of the Weller Drive traffic study.

Council discussed the Weller Drive traffic study at their work session Monday night. The study will be expanded to consider the effect of increased traffic on the freeway and North Garber Drive.

By Cecilia Fox