By Branden Ferguson, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
At this time last year, administrators were busy preparing for a $6 million shortfall; however, Findlay's future looks promising. On Tuesday, it was released that Hancock County saw an increase of 560 residents (.7%), with Findlay playing a key role. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik is excited but not surprised.
With the levy failing in November, the temporary quarter percent income tax is set to roll off, leaving a one percent income tax. As a result, Auditor Jim Staschiak is not worried about lower numbers.
With a $1.2 million carryover, Mayor Mihalik and administrators are excited to use that money for capital improvements. A five year capital improvement plan is expected to be presented to the appropriations committee next Tuesday, and first quarter reports are expected later next week.