Valpo council funds health care with EDIT
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent January 14, 2013 9:48PM
Updated: January 14, 2013 9:56PM
VALPARAISO — The first meeting of the year meant various budget tweaks and allocations for the City Council on Monday.
That includes the council approving where the Economic Development Income Tax money will go.
The city received $2.09 million of the 2011 income taxes collected to go to the 2013 budget, City Administrator Bill Oeding said.
With a $351,000 carry over from last year, that gives a $2.441 million budget.
Mayor Jon Costas said the amount allocated has gone up, although he wasn’t available after the meeting to say by how much.
“Hopefully, that’ll go up more as the economy improves,” Costas said.
For the first time, the city is funding health care from EDIT funds by setting aside $550,000 to cover unforeseen expenses since the city has stopped being self-insured.
The Valparaiso Economic Development Commission was cut by $30,000 to $100,000.
The Downtown Façade Grant budget item was increased to $147,000 to cover commitments to façade grants made last year, although $125,000 remains for this year’s grants.
The council also approved making temporary loans from the city’s Rainy Day fund to pay expenses until taxes arrive.
Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Swihart said that for the first time in years the parking meter budget fund made more revenue than it is dispersing.
Also at the meeting, the council announced its appointments for 2013. Council Member Jan Dick will remain Council President, while Joey Larr will assume the vice president position.
Jan Dick and John Bowker will remain members of the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission.
Mike Baird will remain the school board liaison and be the finance liaison; Larr is the public safety liaison and engineering, building and code enforcement; Tim Daly remains the park department liaison and will serve on the traffic and safety board; Bob Taylor is liaison for utilities and public works.
The technology, human resources, ordinances, festivals & events, and transportation liaisons remain open.