BUTLER TOWNSHIP — The Butler Township Trustees took steps to close out 2018 while approving items looking ahead to 2019 during their final meeting of the year last Thursday.
Chief among those was approving the final appropriation and revenue budgets for 2018. Total revenue for the year came in just under $13.8 million, slightly less than the $14.1 million that was budgeted. Total appropriations for the year were $13.9 million, or nearly $115,000 short of revenues. This shortfall was due to a change in how the township pays the Montgomery County Engineer for is overlay program to pave township roads.
The County Engineer required that the township pay for 2019 road paving in 2018 of just over $290,000. That amount will pay for paving on Stonequarry Road, Kershner Road, Coovermill Court, Kinmont Road, and Aullwood Road West. However, because the Engineer asked for the funds in 2018, the township had to transfer the funds from the general fund instead of the Road Levy Fund.
The trustees indicated this issue, including whether to continue using the County Engineer or seeking private bidding, will be discussed further in the coming months.
In other business, the trustees authorized Administrator Erika Vogel to enter into another agreement with the City of Huber Heights for its public safety dispatching. The new contract will be for another five-year period and includes a 4% increase in the first year to $113,141. The contract includes a 2.5% increase annually in each of the remaining four years.
The trustees also approved a new pay scale for all unclassified employees of the township which includes the Administrator, Fire and Police Chiefs, Service Director, Assistant Fire Chief, and Lieutenant. The pay scale includes a 2.65% pay increase annually and is intended to be reevaluated every three years for cost of living increases. Included is a 2.25% increase for Fire Captains hired prior to 2018 and the part-time code enforcement officer. Summer hires will be paid between $11.50-15.50 per hour.
In other business, the trustees:
- Approved a resolution to permit the Montgomery County Auditor to advance real estate taxes for tax year 2018 collected in 2019;
- Adopted its annual OPERS conversion plan for leave payouts in the event of retirement or severance;
- Approved a contract with Anthem to provide life insurance to full time employees at a rate of $0.18 per $1,000 of coverage for accidental death and term life coverage, with no increase over 2018;
- Approved the purchase of a Ford F-550 truck from Lebanon Ford and KE Rose at the state bid price of $65,573.36. The truck will be paid from the permissive motor vehicle tax fund and the Harson, Yorkshire, and Singing Ridge TIFs;
- Approved a resolution to increase trash collection fees by $0.25 per month to a total of $17.25 per month or $51.75 per quarter for basic service or $16 per month/$48 per quarter for low volume service.
The trustees also approved its reorganization and business affairs resolution for 2019. That set Trustee Workshops at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of every month and regular business meetings on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Under the standard rotation, Trustee Ken Betz will serve as President and Joe Flanagan will serve as Vice President. Tim Stammen was reappointed to the Zoning Commission and Curt Slaton to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The next Board of Trustees workshop meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Monday, January 14. The trustees next regular meeting is Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m.
Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.