By Frank Lewis
Portsmouth City Manager Derek Allen turned some heads at a recent Portsmouth City Council meeting when he announced that while creating the 2014 budget, it was discovered the city has been paying approximately $20,000 a year in property taxes to Scioto County that the city should not have been paying.
Allen said Assistant Director of Engineering Crystal Weghorst would begin working on getting those properties exempted. Weghorst said she has done that.
“Trent Williams has given me a list and (Wastewater Director) Rick Duncan and I went over to the County Engineer’s Office and pulled that up on an aerial map, just to be sure of where each parcel was and what it was,” Weghorst told the Daily Times on Thursday. “A lot of them were municipal parking lots. Some were for some water towers and the drives up to the water tanks.”
Weghorst said she has already itemized all of those properties.
“I forwarded that to the City Solicitor,” Weghorst said. “So, from that, I believe they were going to take it from there and file something to be exempt from paying those.”
Allen said, once the paperwork is filed, the city will file a request for a return of those funds for as many years as they are allowed to have returned. He said it will mean a savings of $20,000 a year with a potential return of $60,000 to $100,000 to the General Fund.
At the City Council meeting Allen said he was not sure how many years the city had been paying those taxes.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt