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2013 State of the City Address and the 2014 Budget Message – Click the links below to view each segment
Time Warner Cable Moves The Beavercreek Channel to Channel 99.1
The Beavercreek Channel (formerly Beavercreek Channel 5) on Time Warner Cable has been converted to a digital-only signal. If you currently do not have a cable box and are using an older standard definition television, you will need to get a digital conversion box to continue to see The Beavercreek Channel. You may contact Time Warner Cable at 937-294-6800 to get a converter box. TW says that they will provide one for residents for no cost if you request one by January 12, 2014. Beginning January 2015, TW will assess a fee of $1.50 per month for the converter.
If you have an HDTV and do not have a cable box or cable card, you will be able to watch The Beavercreek Channel, but it will be seen on channel 99.1. You will have to reprogram the TVs to find the channels; this is usually done using the menu feature and finding the auto scan or auto tuning function.
If you already have a Time Warner-provided converter box, you should not notice any change.
The School’s access channel will also be affected. Again, if you already have a converter box from Time Warner, you should not notice a change. If you have an HDTV but no converter box, rescan the channels to find the School’s new channel on channel 99.7. If you have neither an HDTV or a converter box, you need to get a converter from TW.
Other channels that will be viewable only via a digital converter are C-SPAN, EWTN, Golf, Lifetime Movie Network, The Weather Channel, WGN, WKOI (TBN), WRCX, WWRD, and all public, education and government access channels throughout the region.
This change is outside of our control. Time Warner Cable eventually will convert all of its channels to the newer digital delivery system as most other terrestrial cable TV systems across the country already have. For now, though, only the channels listed above will be affected.
You can watch The Beavercreek Channel streamed live by clicking here. You can view individual videos on demand by clicking here.
Questions? Contact Time Warner at 937-294-6800, or the City at email@example.com
Road Construction Update – click for more information
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City Receives Multiple Awards for Outstanding Financial Stewardship and Reporting
At the October 8, 2012 City Council meeting, Mayor Vicki Giambrone and City Manager Michael Cornell accepted the Ohio Auditor of State Award for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending 2011. The Auditor of State stated that “This award is presented for your exemplary financial reporting in accordance with general accepted account principals. The citizens you represent are well serviced by your effective and accountable financial practices.” The Auditor continued to emphasis that this is the second year in a row the City has received this prestigious award which is rare. Agencies receiving this award must have a clean report, with no significant deficiencies or findings, no material citations or weaknesses and no single audit findings (grant reporting).
More recently, the City received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the City’s 2011 CAFR. This certificate awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is the highest form of recognition in government accounting and financial reporting and represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The evaluation process is judged by an impartial panel to determine if the CAFR meets the high standards of the program and demonstrates full disclosure and clearly communicates the City’s financial story. This is the 21st year the City has received this prestigious award.
“The City maintains a significant commitment to providing financially responsible budgets culminating in excellence in reporting these results on an annual basis,” stated City Manager Michael Cornell. Citizens compliment the City’s commitment to excellence and maintaining these high standards recognized by outside organizations. The Ohio Auditor of State Award for two consecutive years and the City receiving twenty-one consecutive years of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting reflects the City’s diligence in maintaining excellent stewardship of the resident’s taxes and our continued goal in reporting these results according to the highest government accounting standards now and in the future.
Public Transit Stops Design Criteria
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Active Capital Improvements
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gives consumers the information they need to understand the terms of their agreements with financial companies. Congress established the CFPB to protect consumers by carrying out Federal consumer financial laws. Among other things, the CFPB:
- Conduct rule-making, supervision, and enforcement for Federal consumer financial protection laws
- Restrict unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices
- Take consumer complaints
- Promote financial education
- Research consumer behavior
- Monitor financial markets for new risks to consumers
- Enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance
If you’ve experienced difficulties with a financial product, you can submit a complaint by going to http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/
Dog Control Public Service Announcement
Beavercreek residents are reminded that, according to City Ordinances, a dog owner is required to maintain reasonable secure control of the animal through physical confinement or restraint upon the premises of the owner and shall not permit the animal to go beyond these premises unless properly leashed. (Beavercreek Codified Ordinance 91-20)
Animal owners are also reminded that permitting their dog or other companion animal to dig or defecate on any public property, right-of-way, or private property (unless owner or resident of private property grants prior permission to walk the animal) within the City is declared to be a nuisance. The owner or person having control over the dog or companion animal is responsible for removing all feces deposited by the animal. (Beavercreek Codified Ordinance 91-08)
Frequent or habitually barking or howling dogs which create unreasonably loud and disturbing noises are considered to be disturbing the peace, quiet and good order of the City. (Beavercreek Codified Ordinance 91-21)
Owners are reminded that a violation of any of the above provisions is a minor misdemeanor for the first offense. If an offender has been previously convicted of permitting a dog to run at large in the previous 12 months, and violates this provision again, he or she shall be guilty of a fourth degree misdemeanor, punishable up to thirty (30) days in jail and a $250.00 fine. Subsequent offenses for barking or howling dogs will also be subject to increasing fines.
Beavercreek Police Features Online Reporting System
The Beavercreek Police Department is providing an online police reporting option for the public. This web-based reporting system will allow the public to file certain incident types (minor thefts, criminal damaging, lost property, crime tips, etc.) over the Internet at their convenience. The Beavercreek Police Department expects this Internet-based reporting service to be very popular among citizens who have come to expect police services to be provided immediately and conveniently online.
The service will allow the public to file a report at a time that is best for them without having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back. The public will be able to print a temporary copy of the report upon submitting the report. The report will be reviewed by police personnel and once approved the filing person will receive an email with a copy of the report attached without cost. The report will transfer into the Beavercreek Police Departments records management system and receive the same investigation and statistical analysis ability as if the report had been filed by a police officer.
This web-based reporting option will allow officers more time to address community needs while keeping pace with the public expectancy to complete services via the Internet.
The Beavercreek Police Department will be using the Desk Officer Online Reporting System from San Ramon, California based software company Coplogic, Inc (www.Coplogic.com).
The web-based crime reporting service is available here.
City Faces Reduced State Funding
Drastic reductions in state funding to local governments have been passed by the Ohio General Assembly as part of the 2011 bi-annum budget. It is estimated that the City will lose approximately 1.947 million dollars in state funding over the remainder of this year and for 2012 and 2013.
The funding losses include:
Local Government Fund – Revenue from this source will be reduced by 25 percent starting with the August 2011 payment and an additional reduction of 25 percent beginning July 2012.
Estimated Loss: $680,000 Fund Affected: General Fund
Estate Tax – The estate tax will be eliminated in 2013. Previously estates valued between $338,000 to $500,000 were taxed at 6 percent, and estates in excess of $500,000 were taxed at the 7 percent rate. The City has averaged $500,000 per year.
Estimated Loss: $500,000 in 2013 and beyond Fund Affected: General Fund
Tangible Personal Property Tax Reimbursement – Originally to be phased out and eliminated by 2019, the reimbursement phase out period was accelerated and essentially eliminated beginning in 2012.
Estimated Loss: $630,000 Fund Affected: General, Police, & Street Levy Funds
Public Utility Deregulation Replacement Tax – Originally to be phased out and eliminated by 2016, the reimbursement phase out period was accelerated and essentially eliminated in 2013.
Estimated Loss: $137,000 Fund Affected: General, Police, & Street Levy Funds
These reductions were enacted abruptly, impairing the ability of local governments to plan effectively. The City of Beavercreek relies primarily on property tax for funding and will have a difficult time trying to supplement these revenue losses in addition to keeping up with inflation and rising commodity prices during these current economic times.
Over the years, the City has maintained the lowest cost of local government within the region for residents by maintaining a lean organization and pursuing cost efficiencies and department staffing reorganizations. During the recent flurry of retirements, the City evaluated each position and explored alternatives before filling a position or in some cases making the decision to leave a position unfilled. In some cases, where positions were not filled, the department reorganized and consolidated and reassigned job duties to meet the current organizational needs. The City has been effectively working with the revenue generated by the property taxes but the abrupt loss of state revenue will have an adverse effect on the City’s ability to maintain services at the level the residents have grown accustomed.
The State, through their budget process, has pushed the burden of financing local governments back to the residents of their local communities. The City will continue to look at alternatives to supplement this lost revenue to ensure quality service levels are maintained in the future.
Beavercreek Citizen Satisfaction Survey Results
Fallon Research has published its findings of a telephone survey of Beavercreek residents from December 5 to December 7, 2011. Click here for the summary. Click here for a more detailed report.