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    Posted: Nov 11 2018 at 12:46pm

Mr. Brock summarized the 2019 budget as follows:

•    Budget priorities for the upcoming year are parks, facility planning, comprehensive plan 
planning, and personnel.   In park and recreation we will continue to design the Monroe 
Bicentennial Commons, Baker Park, and Monroe  Community Park.   The  design of the entrance and 
restrooms at the Commons is being worked on by KZF as well as the dog park at Baker.  The Monroe 
Community Park is on hold until numbers can be gathered for the police facility.  If we want 
programs in the parks we need to consider staffing, but that is not anticipated to be in the 2019 

•    The design of the police facility with the bond costs anticipated at approximately $650,000 on 
the maximum side.   We would begin paying the net bond back in 2020.   As we get closer to 
understanding what those costs are, those will be built in the 2019 budget.  We still have to 
identify funds for Holman Avenue.

•    It has been over 10 years since we have looked at the Comprehensive Plan and many grants for 
parks lose ability if your comprehensive plan is older than five years. Mr. Chesar is putting 
together a request for proposals for a company to look at this.  The housing study will feed into 
that and it will help develop the future infrastructure.  We have three requests for rezoning to 
light industrial and it is some of those pressures that we need to understand in this process.  
This will be in the development department budget.

•    For personnel, we are just looking to fill vacancies and evaluating organizational needs in 
the Public Works Department since we have grown.   We have not moved forward with filling the 
Assistant position because we do not know what the needs are  yet.   We are continuing to update 
the position descriptions throughout the organization

•    We received a zero percent increase on our health insurance for 2019.

•    Legislation will be brought before Council proposing a three percent cost of living increase 
to match the majority of employees that are under contract.  The CPI from September to September 
was 1.9%

•    Fire negotiations will occur near the end of 2019 with police the following year.

•    The forecast we are estimating to end 2018 with $4.2 million and you will see the effect of 
some of the increased revenues and debt falling off at the end of 2019.

•    In the City Manager’s office we added $35,000 for the transit contract.   A lot of the IT 
budget was moved out of the various department and into a separate section to make it easier for 
the Technology Committee to see what those funds are being used for.

•    Human Resources has increases for negotiations and City-wide training.

•    Economic Development budget includes $20,000 for potential incentives that will need Council 
approval prior to using these funds.

•    There  is  a  reduction  in  building  permits  for  the  Development  Department  and  we  
will continue to discuss the processes and staffing.  We want to get our permitting process on the 
website so there will be a lot less paper to process.  There are funds in this budget for 
demolition in the event it is needed.

•    The asset tracking process is included in the Finance budget.

•    There is no change in the Court budget.

Mr. Brock concluded that the next steps will be Council reviewing the numbers and begin the capital 

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council
October 23, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio
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