Columbus Adopts 2018 City Budget

12/6/17 – The Columbus Common Council adopted their 2018 city budget Tuesday night. The $3.7-million-dollar document includes a tax levy of just over $3-million, which is up $71-thousand dollars from 2017. Columbus residents will see a decrease in the mill rate for the city portion of their taxes. The $8.04 tax rate approved is 63-cents less than the number homeowners saw last December. City Administrator Patrick Vander Sanden says the city recently went through a revaluation which resulted in the lower tax rate. He says whether or not it will be a true reduction for come citizens is dependent upon how the assessment turned out. Assessed values saw a ten-percent increase of $37-million dollars compared to last year. Vander Sanden says this budget addresses much needed road improvements for the city. He says portions of South Water Street and East School Street will see a total rehab in 2018. Vander Sanden says the city was not able to apply for the expenditure restraint program, which rewards municipalities that keep spending in check.