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Montz: 2018 is the ‘tightest budget cycle’ since recession




TIFFIN — As the Tiffin City Council passed a $12.5 million General Fund Budget for 2018 on Tuesday night, Mayor Aaron Montz (R) expressed concerns over the financial status of the city and county.

At the meeting, Montz stated that 2018 is the tightest budget cycle he’s seen since the 2008-09 recession.

“We are in need of some sort of income to help our budget. We are down to two more years of reserves and then we are out of money,” Montz said.

In addition, the Mayor stated that Seneca County is a “donor county,” meaning that more tax dollars go out than come in.

Councilman Rich Focht (R) brought up the 0.25-percent income tax levy that was on the ballot last week. He said that if voters would have approved the tax, it would’ve calmed some financial concerns for the city.

Council is expected to hear the first reading of the budget Monday.

According to public documents from the City of Tiffin, other features of the budget included:

• No new hires for Tiffin Police Department or Tiffin Fire Rescue Division.

• Purchase of one new police cruiser. The department requested three and is running several vehicles with more than 100,000 miles on them.

• Repaving the parking lot at the city pool, renovating basketball courts at Oakley, Beechwood and Applejack parks and sealing walking trails in several parks.

• A $100,000 expenditure for the Facade Enhancement Grant Program. Montz said the program could be cut in the future.

• Reduced funding for the Police Dog Program with the current K-9 working in a limited role this year before the dog’s retirement and the re-evaluation of the program in 2018.

• A $15,000 expenditure for July 4 fireworks.

• A $68,230 expenditure to run the city swimming pool.

• About $417,000 for street resurfacing, which is similar to expenses for 2016.

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