|January News & Updates
The 2013 Budget
Village Council approved the 2013 Budget at its December meeting. While the deficit projection for 2012 is estimated at $1.3 million, the 2013 Budget does not reflect a deficit. This was accomplished via a multi-faceted approach to controlling costs, the voter-approved police levy and becoming more strategic in doing business differently.
The 2013 Budget reflects the continuation of several re-engineering strategies that help drive down costs:
The 2013 Budget is very lean and assumes the cost savings that have been realized will continue into the future. The foundation for the budget included minimizing departmental increases and reducing line items requests with continued focus on providing excellent services in the most cost effective and efficient manner. It does not include any additional full time personnel, assumes staffing levels remain stagnant for the most part, and costs are controlled. It also assumes the collection and continuation of the police levy, revenues staying constant, steady employment at businesses in the Village and stable property values.
To provide police and fire, administration, maintenance and zoning services to the Village residents, the staffing funded in the 2013 Budget includes 31 full time positions, down 4 positions since 2011:
16 Police/fire officers
Highlights of some of the items included in the 2013 Budget:
What has not been included in the 2013 budget is just as important since the Village’s austerity program has delayed purchases and investments into our infrastructure. These items well exceed what the Village can afford but must be factored into future budgets. In addition, addressing unfunded liabilities of the Village must be taken into consideration. While expenses have been reduced and staffing has been restructured, the Village still has significant work ahead of itself to fully address our long term financial health but excellent progress has been made.
Jan 7 Board of Zoning Appeals 7 p.m.
Watch the December Council Meeting
Village Council will hold a public hearing on January 29 at 4 p.m. to consider entering into a contract with Sycamore Township to designate a Joint Economic Development Zone (JEDZ). The public hearing will be held in Council Chambers at the Amberley Municipal Building, 7149 Ridge Road. The public hearing shall allow for public comment and recommendations on the contract and zone. The following documents are on file in the Village Manager’s office for public viewing: (1) A copy of the contract designating the zone; (2) A description of the area including a map; and (3) An economic development plan for the zone.
As governments trend toward consolidating services, Amberley and Sycamore Township are looking to create a Joint Economic Development Zone. The proposed JEDZ is an additional opportunity for the Village to work with another governmental jurisdiction. Amberley Village Council and the Sycamore Trustees must pass legislation allowing for the JEDZ but the decision to create the zone ultimately lies with Sycamore Township voters.
Brush Pick-Up Resumes in January
With bulk leaf collection completed on December 31, the maintenance department will resume brush pick-up in January.
As you may recall, reductions in personnel required the maintenance department staff to concentrate on bulk leaf collection during November and December.
Christmas Tree Recycling
The brush crew will chip Christmas trees at the curb along with residents’ brush. Trees set out for chipping must be completely free of debris such as ornaments, wiring, lights, tree stands, and should not be bagged.
Check out this video from Hamilton County Recycles to view the lifecycle of a Christmas tree. It’s very possible that the Christmas tree you recycle will be reused as mulching wood chips by a neighbor right here in the Village!
Call Ahead for Large Trash Items
Rumpke’s service includes collection of six, 32-gallon cans or bags per pick-up. Cans and bags should not exceed 50 pounds. Please do not place trash at the curb in boxes. All boxes should be broken down and bundled. Please call Rumpke at 742-2900 at least 24 hours before your regularly scheduled collection to request a large item pick-up for acceptable large items, and/or excessive amounts of trash.
|Day to Day Home Safety
With burglaries on the rise throughout the county, here are some Home Safety Tips to deter intruders.
While it’s tempting on a cold winter night to leave a fire going in the fireplace or a space heater on at bedtime, think again. These devices can become extremely dangerous if not used properly. Amberley’s Public Safety Department recommends these guidelines:
|Quarterly Payment Due?
If you expect to owe Amberley income taxes for 2012 and they aren’t deducted from your paycheck, the Tax Office would like to remind you that it’s time to make a quarterly payment. Every person who anticipates any taxable income for 2012 and the income is not subject to withholding by employer or taxable by another municipality should be making quarterly declaration payments. The 2012 4th quarter estimated payment is due Thursday, January 31, 2013. Please make your final quarterly payment on or before that date. If you need assistance or have questions about your estimated payment please call the Tax Office at (513)531-0130. Tax Office hours are 8 am to
E-File Available for 2012 Tax Filing
The Village is in the process of updating our tax software and making e-file of village income tax returns available to residents and tax preparers. Residents will receive a letter in January explaining the new online tax preparation. Please do not discard! This letter will include a PIN number to securely access and file your 2012 Amberley Village income tax return online. If completed online, you will still need to mail the completed form with backup documents. Blank tax forms will still be available on our website for printing if you wish to prepare by hand.