Finance Caucus - August 4th 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
Main Conference Room
Mayfield Village Civic Center

The Finance Caucus Committee meeting was held on Monday, Aug 4, 2014 in the Main Conference Room at the Mayfield Village Civic Center. Mr. Marquardt called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

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Present: Mr. Marquardt, Mr. Marrie and Mr. Saponaro

Also Present: Mr. Jerome, Mrs. Mills, Mr. Wynne, Chief Edelman, Mr. Metzung, Mr. Thomas, Mr. DiNardo, Ms. Wolgamuth, and Ms. Garbo

1. 2013 AFG Regional SCBA Grant ($11,085.90)

Mr. Wynne reported for Chief Carcioppolo. Last year Council approved us a Grant application to replace this apparatus with a bunch of other communities. Northfield Village is the one that coordinated the whole effort. It was approved and now the Mayor needs to be authorized to sign on a Memorandum of Understanding from Northfield Village for the process. We’ll be replacing 19 of the apparatus as well as additional masks. If we were to buy it on our own it would cost about $111,000.00. Ninety percent (90%) of that will be funded in the grant, so the cost to the Village will be $11,085.90.

Mr. Jerome asked, how long will this equipment last?

Mr. Wynne doesn’t have an answer to that.

Mr. Marrie said Chief may have mentioned when he talked about this last time. They were very old. He gave the amount of years.  

2. Teen Adventure Camp (City of Mayfield Heights - $11,605.00 – pass through)

Mr. Thomas said this is our annual pass through. We pay Mayfield Heights. We collected this summer $11,605.00. In return they give us a percentage of their profits. We work hand in hand with them on this program.

3. Street Lighting Assessments (2014 & 2015)

Mr. Wynne said the Village has an assessment for street lighting that’s assessed to all residents and businesses. It comes up every two years. It’s up now. It equates to .40 mill of the tax value of the property. If you take the market value times 35%, that’s the tax value. It’s .40 per thousand of that value. It generates $85,000 to $90,000 a year in revenue, all of which goes towards paying the Illuminating bill for street lights in the Village. About 43% paid by residents and 57% paid by the businesses.  

Mr. Marquardt asked, how much of the total bill does that cover.

Mr. Wynne replied, the $85,000 to $90,000 covers the entire amount. If it generates a little extra, it’s used for bulb replacement and things like that. We have about $200,000.00 in that Fund right now. That money’s going to be used towards the cost of doing the mast arms in different intersections in the Village.  

Mr. Jerome said it doesn’t seem fair to me to have residents that don’t have street lights paying for street lights.

Mr. Wynne said this is not just for street lighting in front of your house. This is street lights in the whole community.

Mr. Marrie said the whole community gets the benefit.

Mr. Jerome said it costs me more money to keep my lights on all night because my street’s so dark.

Mr. DiNardo asked, are you saying people who don’t have street lights are subsidizing people who do have street lights?

Mr. Jerome said some neighbors have the underground lights, their property values are worth more, and everyone else is paying for them.

Mr. Metzung said where there’s underground utilities, those were paid for when they bought the lot. When you’re talking about the street light assessment, you’re talking about the electricity to make them function.

Mr. Jerome said I understand that. I’m thinking about the broader picture of how some people seem to benefit more from it than others.

Mr. DiNardo asked, the streets that are dark, can we add lights?

Mr. Metzung said somewhere along the line, I suspect those people chose not to have lighting. I know Echo Dr. had originally not wanted them. They wanted it dark there.

Mr. Marquardt said along those same lines, the Village subsidized putting sewers in for people, whereas people had sewers. So the people paying for the sewers are getting screwed by the fact that you’re subsidizing people that didn’t have sewers. Are people complaining?

Mr. Jerome said a couple people and I’m one of them.

Mr. Metzung asked Steve if his electricity comes from the front or the back.

Mr. Jerome replied, the front.

Mr. Metzung said if people want lights, it could happen.

Mr. Jerome asked, is there any way for people who have them pay for them and people who don’t, not. Is there a way to separate them?

Mr. Wynne replied, you’re viewing it as a cost to light a pole in front of your house. That’s not what this is about. This is about the street lighting in the entire community.

Mr. Jerome said there are some communities that don’t assess at all.

Mr. Wynne said I don’t know the history, of how far back this goes.

Mrs. Mills said forever.

Mr. Marrie said it’s for the overall Village. I don’t see the big deal about it.

Mr. Jerome said you’re right. It’s a low cost.

4. Legislation – Tax Levy Renewal

Mr. Wynne said Council approved this last meeting. We sent the paper work to the County. The process we followed was the same process we followed back in 2009 and best as I can tell, we followed back to 1975. It doesn’t work this year. It’s now a three step process. You have a Resolution to ask the County Treasurer to certify what the property values are that would be subject to the renewal. Then you have the Resolution what the renewal levy would be which is what was passed by Council. Then you have to have a Resolution that says o.k. now you can go to the Electorate. Now you’ve got the County Treasurer has appraised it, Council’s approved the millage, now you can have the Electorate vote on it. Both of these Resolutions are on the Special Meeting tonight. The one is asking the County Fiscal Officer to certify what those property values are and the other one is going to the Electorate and putting it on the ballot. The one including what it is, the 2.3 has already been passed by Council.


Mr. Marquardt asked if there were any other questions or comments.

Mr. Wynne said next Tuesday is our annual TIRC (Tax Incentive Review Committee Meeting). We do that at the County, Ron, myself, Mr. Jochum, Scott Snyder from the School District and the County and discuss our TIF’s so we can get renewed for another year.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:44 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Garbo, Acting Clerk of Council