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Message from Mayor Kleem

The key to good government is balance – balancing revenue with maintaining services.

In my State of the City report to Seniors in February and to the Chamber of Commerce in March, I reported that in 2007, the city’s General Fund and Municipal Income Tax Fund had a balance of $1.1 million. By 2015, that had grown to $2.75 million.

In 2007, the General Fund and Municipal Income Tax Fund revenue totaled $15.8 million. Last year, it also was $15.8 million, despite revenue from property taxes continuing to decline. Income taxes, especially those from the Cleveland Browns, the City’s largest taxpayer, kept revenue numbers healthy.

At the same time, the City has experienced no layoffs of personnel, there have no increases in water rates and city services have not decreased. In fact, services have been enhanced. We hired four new police officers in 2015 and plan to hire three more this year. The Community Engagement Unit is building valuable bridges with various segments of the community, including youth and seniors. We hired one new firefighter and purchased a new rescue squad. Offerings at the Recreation Center have expanded. We had an ambitious capital improvement projects list in 2015 and have spent $26 million on major projects in the past eight years.

Always keep in mind that we are still going through some tough times. The economy hasn’t completely recovered. We don’t have a lot of dollars. Construction costs have gone up. We try to balance all of these different things. We take on some big projects and try to provide services people expect and still keep an eye on our General Fund balance and maintain our bond rating, which at Aa2 is very healthy. I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to do.

At the end of the day, we’ve had another good year.

Click on the link for a complete transcript of my State of the City remarks to the Berea Chamber of Commerce on March 11.


  


In the Spotlight

 

 

  • Poultry Notice

    For any owners of poultry that have more then the maximum number of poultry animals permitted in new ordinance 905.03.01  Poultry Notice

 

  • Ready Notify

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  • Berea Community Outreach

    Berea Community Outreach is in need of donations of Spaghetti Sauce, Peanut Butter, Hamburger Helper, Pasta & Sauce, Chicken Rice, Mac & Cheese, Cans of Soup and other non-perishable food items. Call 440-826-4891 for drop off locations.

 

  • Berea Animal Rescue

    The Berea Animal Rescue is in need of foster homes for kittens and cats and occasionally dogs and puppies. Volunteers needed, contact Jane at 216-443-1670 for more information. Training, supplies and cages provided.

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