NORTHFIELD — The village’s unencumbered general fund balance at the end of 2021 is estimated to be $864,989 in the alternative tax budget for that year, recently adopted by Council.

The Ohio Revised Code requires political subdivisions, with the exception of school districts, to file a tax budget for the next year with their county’s fiscal office by July 15.

Real estate tax revenue for 2021 is estimated at $535,000, with $200,000 coming from general fund inside millage, $310,000 from two fire/EMS levies and $25,000 from police pension inside millage.

General fund revenue for next year is estimated to be $4.45 million, including $3.5 million from income taxes, $105,000 from local government funds and $650,000 from other sources.

In the meantime, Council authorized the finance director to establish a coronavirus relief fund to receive federal CARES Act money through the state and Summit County. The village is expected to receive $121,655 as its Amended House Bill 481 state allocation and $104,528 from the coronavirus payroll support grant program.

The money must go toward expenditures brought on by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Also on June 24, Council approved an amended agreement with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council so the village can receive an energized grant worth $10,700, and authorized the finance director to send an engagement letter to the Ohio auditor agreeing to the 2020 audit at a cost of $16,810.

The finance director was given the go-ahead to deposit $2,040 into the village’s unclaimed fund. Council had authorized a deposit of $2,020 in November 2019, but it was later found that amount was incorrect, and a resolution was necessary to correct the mistake.

A resolution authorizing the mayor to contract with the Selective, Hanover, Cincinnati and Hudson companies for village insurance coverage went to second reading. The insurance would be through the Wichert agency for the period from July 13, 2020 to July 13, 2021, with the premium being $40,011.

Law Director Brad Bryan explained the premium is about $3,000 higher than last year because of increased building values and the addition of vehicles. He said cyber liability may be added to the policy before Council approves it.

Service Superintendent Jason Walters discussed the recent decision to end the village’s annual cleanup program two weeks early because it would have exceeded the $12,000 budgeted amount.

He said officials anticipated the final cost would have been about $16,000 if the program would have continued until the planned date of July 1. The reason for the spiraling cost was mainly that non-residents were depositing items in the dumpsters, and people in general were placing prohibited materials there.

That meant the waste hauling contractor had to empty the dumpsters more frequently. "Our police officers did their best to monitor use of the dumpsters, but it’s very difficult to keep non-residents from using them and people from disposing of prohibited items," he said.

Walters suggested that next year the village should go back to its usual practice of a four-week cleanup period in May.

Bryan reported village officials have had discussions with a developer who wants to build 119 senior citizen housing units on 5.6 acres adjacent to Northfield Village Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation. The site is between Lee Eaton Elementary School and Summit Plaza.

The next Council meeting is slated for July 8 at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are being conducted remotely until the coronavirus crisis eases up.

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