BRUNSWICK –– City officials took the first step Monday in crafting a plan for next year’s road projects by filing a tax budget with the Medina County Auditor’s Office.
Members of City Council’s Finance Committee voted to submit the document, which will help Auditor Mike Kovack provide an estimate of how much the city will receive in property taxes next year.
“We are required by law to file a tax budget with the county,” Finance Director Todd Fischer said during the meeting. “The county will take that document and the county auditor will see that it’s on file and turn around and give us the property tax document for next year. So, I will take that property tax estimate and then use it to help create the 2020 budget.”
The city depends on property taxes for its road funding; allowing city officials to determine just how much can be used for road projects and maintenance.
This year, Brunswick is undertaking some major projects on main thoroughfares — including extensive work on North Carpenter Road — but road maintenance is a never-ending overhaul in the city.
On average, the city juggles about 30 road projects a year, city officials previously said.
Voters approved the 10-year, 1.2-mill road levy in 2014 with the promise that city officials will finally tackle deteriorating roads. It usually brings in about $830,000 and is expected to bring in the same amount this year, Fischer said.
The tax budget is due in July, but Fischer plans to turn it in during the month of June after Council approves it. The estimate from the auditor usually comes in by late September.
While city just uses this to get an estimate to add to its annual budget, there’s a lot more meaning attached to this process for other entities such as the school board that might use property taxes to pay off debts.
The city doesn’t use property taxes to pay off its debt, but the law says it needs to, according to Fischer.
“So, we don’t rely on this at all,” said Fischer. “We just file with the county and we do our own budget later.”