Council approves police cruiser purchase

By Cecilia Fox -

WEST MILTON — At their meeting Tuesday, the West Milton Council voted to authorize the purchase of a police vehicle next year.

This purchase is being approved in advance because of an offer through the state’s cooperative purchasing plan that will freeze the price until next year.

“This is a little out of the ordinary, but it’s also good news for all taxpayers,” Municipal Manager Matt Kline said. “It’s a good deal if we jump on it now.”

According to Kline, the state has negotiated with Ford for an “order now, pay later deal.” The agreement will be made now, but the cruiser will not be delivered or paid for until 2016.

The cost of the new Ford Interceptor SUV is not to exceed $25,219. The proposed 2016 budget includes $37,000 for a new police vehicle.

Council also heard the first reading of an ordinance that would “reluctantly” adopt the state’s new income tax collection code.

With the passage of House Bill 5 last year, the state is requiring municipalities to adopt a uniform tax code. The new code is aimed at standardizing and streamlining the collection of municipal income taxes.

The language adopted by council questions the the constitutionality of certain provisions of the new code, including “among other things, taxation of professional athletes.” However, West Milton must enact code adopting the state’s new tax code or forfeit the right to collect local income taxes, council’s resolution stated.

This new tax code is something every municipality has to deal with, Kline said.

Council also adopted a resolution in favor of the Milton-Union tax levy renewal, recognizing the importance of having a high quality school district in West Milton.

Kline also updated council on the Larrel Lane sanitary sewer replacement project.

Work on the project has been completed underground, Kline said, and the affected streets will likely be repaved next year “as early as the spring will allow.”

“We know it’s made for a long summer for our residents there,” Kline said.

During the construction process, there were some additional issues that needed to be addressed, Kline explained, including two manhole covers that needed to be rebuilt.

To account for these additions, council approved a change order for $11,282. West Milton will be reimbursed for $3,500 from the engineering firm.

By Cecilia Fox

Reach Cecilia Fox at or at (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia Fox at or at (937) 552-2205.