Beavercreek’s City Manager Pete Landrum delivered the 2022 State of the City Address at City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday, December 12, 2022.
During his presentation, Landrum provided an update on the city’s budget, operational and capital accomplishments throughout 2022, and future plans for city improvements to maintain or enhance city services.
“This State of the City is delivered annually to residents to provide an update on fiscal accountability,” said Landrum.
Landrum first focused on the city’s 2023 budget, noting the process has been ongoing since July and included two public work sessions where residents had an opportunity to provide input. He then outlined the city’s anticipated revenue for 2023.
At $25.73 million, property taxes account for a majority, or 55.7%, of the city’s revenue. The second-highest source of revenue is intergovernmental revenue at $6.04 million, or 13% of the budget; this includes gas tax, fuel tax, motor vehicle license, hotel-motel taxes, etc. Grant revenue is the city’s third largest source of revenue, comprising of $4.08 million, or 8.9% of the city’s budget.
“The largest portion of this is a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation for three major street infrastructure projects,” said Landrum. “Staff is always aggressively applying for grants, as this budget shows.”
Landrum also broke down the city’s expenditures planned for 2023. A majority of the city’s expenses, $22.4 million or 43.6%, will be applied toward street maintenance projects and capital improvements. The city’s second largest expense, $11.98 million or 23.3%, will be used for public safety (police department).
“For 2023, the largest budget component by category is capital projects,” said Landrum. “This is a direct result of the streets levy passage that placed an emphasis on maintenance and infrastructure projects related to streets.”
Several street improvement projects are planned for 2023, including widening Grange Hall Road, resurfacing and widening a portion of North Fairfield Road, resurfacing a portion of Grange Hall Road, as well as many other smaller projects. The city’s 2023 budget also includes the hiring of five additional full-time Public Service employees as a result of the streets levy passage.
In 2023, the city will utilize approximately $4.1 million in federal funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act to complete two major stormwater projects to improve areas prone to flooding and erosion.
Landrum recognized the city’s new vision statement and strategic priorities, which were crafted by members of city council at their strategy session in July 2022. Those strategic priorities include:
- Diversified and sustainable revenue
- Engaged and informed community
- Planned Infrastructure
- Right-size work force
- Family friendly parks
As the city moves forward, council and staff will focus on these five strategic priorities to ensure the city is dedicating valuable resources in order to achieve these objectives.
Landrum finished his State of the City Address thanking residents, council, and staff for their commitment to making Beavercreek a better community. “The city’s success is a result of everyone working together to make Beavercreek a safe, vibrant community that embraces the opportunities of tomorrow,” said Landrum.
Click here to watch the 2022 State of the City and the 2022 Year in Review video.