July 24, 2016

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Medina OKs $48.8 million budget for 2013

MEDINA — City Council approved a five-year budget resolution at Monday’s meeting.

The $48.8 million budget for 2013 is $1.7 million more than last year’s, but city Finance Director Keith Dirham said the increase actually is only $1.1 million because it includes $600,000 for bond refinancing.

Dirham said spending is up mostly because of increases in sanitation and health care costs.
“We’ve been working on this since about March,” Dirham said, with individual departments setting spending plans for the next five years as part of the city’s budgeting process.

Council President John Coyne said income tax collections have gone up to offset the increased health care costs.

In other action Monday, Council approved purchasing network switches for the city’s computer system at a cost of $55,800. The new switches will support a larger amount of data, and will help with online bill pay, the city’s new digital phone system and the new fiber-optic network.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.