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LIMA — Lima council will get its first look at what the 2013 budget will look like during its Monday meeting.



According to the council agenda, Mayor David J. Berger will submit a letter including his estimates for the 2013 budget. Berger estimated the city’s expenditure budget for 2013 will be $27.6 million, and he revenues will be conservatively estimated at $27.3 million.



“Due to aggressive proactive budget and cash management activities, the city’s cash balance has increased during the past two years to a healthy level of more than 20 percent of annual general fund expenditures, which is better than the average municipal cash balance forecast by the National League of Cities, which is 13 percent for reporting cities,” Berger wrote in the letter.



Berger wrote that should the national economy fall off the looming fiscal cliff in 2013, the city will be able to survive and maintain its current level of operations, though further spending restraints would be implemented.



“Expenditures and revenue estimates are within 1 percent of each other, and the budget can be considered balanced as the revenue estimates are conservative and the expenditures are maximum amounts, which will be closely monitored and under run as the year progresses,” he wrote.



This is the first the council will see these numbers, but councilors won’t do anything Monday besides accepting the correspondence. They won’t be seeing a detailed budget until next year.



Berger wrote the Lima Police Department's 2013 budget allows the retention of six grant positions with the provision of general fund resources, as those grants phase out in 2013 and 2014.



In the Lima Fire Department, he wrote the provision of additional manpower in 2012 will be maintained in 2013 and going forward. He added the reduced level of overtime spending accomplished in 2012 will also be maintained.



Another piece of correspondence that might affect Lima residents is a letter from Lima Fire Department Chief Mark Heffner addressing council, asking for the establishment of a fire inspection fee.



“The Lima Fire Department seeks approval to establish fees for inspections completed pursuant to the Ohio Fire Code,” Heffner wrote. “Fees for inspection are allowed under the Ohio Fire Code, and fees proposed in this ordinance are 10 to 13 percent lower than those levied by the State Fire Marshal.”



Heffner wrote that the fire inspection fees provide funds for equipment, software and support to increase efficiency in the Fire Prevention Bureau.



The fees would also reduce re-inspections by providing the financial incentive for a property owner to prepare of the inspection, he wrote.



Additionally, the council will read a resolution opposing the passage of Ohio House Bill 601 on Monday night.



The bill requires municipal corporations levying an income tax as of Jan. 1, 2014, to amend or repeal their existing income tax ordinances and re-enact them according to the bill’s limitations.



The bill creates a Municipal Tax Policy Board, composed of seven governor-appointed municipal tax administrators, to create rules, prescribe forms and other documents, provide instructional materials to taxpayers and take other actions concerning the statewide administration and enforcement of municipal income taxes.



Council will also consider:



• Amending the 2012 annual budget.



• Entering into a contract to purchase a street sweeper.



• Hearing a petition for the rezoning of 461 S. Dana Ave.



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