Vandalia tax rates unchanged

VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council certified its property tax millage to the County Auditor on Monday evening while noting that the city’s tax rates have not increased in decades.

Vandalia’s inside millage is a total of 1.84 mils which is 1.54 mils for the General Fund and 0.30 mils for the Police Pension Fund. Inside millage is the 10 mills of property tax that can be levied by various taxing units without voter approval.

Vandalia’s outside millage is 2.30 mills which is designated for the General Fund.

“The property taxes in Vandalia have not been raised, I think, since 1983,” said Vice-Mayor David Lewis. “If anyone talks ill of us (in) the way we spend our money I think that’s pretty good evidence that we’ve been doing a pretty good job for a number of decades.”

The Vandalia City Council made quick work of its other legislative items.

Among the items approved was a contract with Asphalt Sealcoaters of Dayton to repair and resurface the tennis courts at Helke Park at a cost of $68,244.

Nearly $31,000 of that cost will be paid by the Vandalia-Butler City Schools. The city and the school district recently approved a joint use agreement that will see the Butler High School tennis teams hold practices and matches on the courts at the park instead of at the high school whose courts are also in need of significant repair.

The project will also include Pickleball courts on courts 7-9.

Council also approved roof repairs at the Municipal Building at a cost of $18,653 and the replacement of a section of roof on the sports complex concession stand at a cost of $25,077. The contract was awarded to Garland/DBS of Cleveland.

In other items, council:

  • Approved combining two lots in Stonequarry Crossings after Independent Can recently exercised a purchase option on a 5.545-acre parcel south of its existing facility.
  • Approved an ordinance in its first reading that will rezone a parcel nearly an acre in size on Benchwood Road from Residential Single Family to Gateway Business. The site is where a proposed IHOP restaurant will be built.
  • Amended the city’s Housing/Property Maintenance Code to give the city more authority to deal with nuisance/unsanitary properties.
  • Denied a variance at 200 Foley Drive that would have allowed a 6-foot privacy fence in an area where only a 42-inch fence is allowed.

Following the public meeting, council adjourned to consider a performance evaluation of City Manager Jon Crusey.

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. A workshop will be held prior to the meeting at a time to be determined. All meetings are open to the public.

Tennis court repairs authorized at City Council meeting

By Darrell Wacker

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.