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Find the City's financial information in regards to revenues and expenses.
View a pie chart detailing the City's general fund budget.
View a pie chart detailing the revenue sources.
View the expense items the general fund pays for.
Review the City's departmental division of the general fund.
View the pie chart that details the amount of money spent on department salaries and department funds.
View the expense types for the Police.
View the Budget and History with Encumbrances pie chart for Fire Division budget expense types.
The Parks and Recreation Department spends the most on Parks operations, followed by the Music Center and Recreation Facility. View the pie chart detailing these expenses.
The majority of funds go to the Water Fund, followed by the Sewer Fund. View the pie chart.
About 53% goes towards special revenue, 36% towards the general fund, and 11% toward capital. View the comprehensive chart.
Administrative Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Emergency Crews work 24 hours on-duty.
Yes. We charge a fee for our Emergency Medical Transports only. We do-not bill for non-transports or Fire responses. Your insurance carrier is billed directly and all fees recovered go directly to the overall operation and staffing of the department thus help reduce the cost to the City budget and resident's tax base.
For inquiries, please contact our billing agency directly at 800-233-8989 or at this address:
McKesson Business Performance Services(Formally MED3000)3131 Newmark Drive, Suite 100Miamisburg, Ohio 45342
All patients rights are protected by Federally Mandated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) laws. This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. Read the notice of privacy practices (PDF) for more information.
Protected health information means health information, including demographic information, collected from me and created or received by:
This protected health information relates to my past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and identifies me, or there is a reasonable basis to believe the information may identify me.
Yes and no - we have programs that are supported by volunteers such as the CERT and the Home Safe Program otherwise our firefighter/paramedics are all career members of the division and are certified to the highest level allowable within the State of Ohio. Additionally, many of our members hold multiple certifications, degrees and specialized trainings above the recommended State minimums.
Our ambulances are staffed with two (2) paramedics. There are some incidents that may require more "hands" than the two paramedics can handle therefore additional personnel are sent. The determination of what to send is started with the information that the dispatcher receives from the caller.
The dispatch center uses a Priority Dispatching program that assists them in determining the severity of your incident but be assured that while you are talking to a dispatcher, crews are being sent. The information the dispatcher is gathering is relayed to the responding personnel to assist them. Additionally, the dispatcher may have life-saving instructions for you so please, if possible, stay on the line.
Yes, the fire division utilizes a traffic management system known as Opticom™ GPS System. The system allows any fire division vehicle the ability to turn the traffic lights green in the direction of their travel while maintaining red in all other directions. The only authorized use of the Opticom™ GPS System is for:
At no time are personnel permitted to use the Opticom system for anything other than 911 incidents.The system has proven very effective with our response times while making the roads as safe as possible for everyone during a 911 call.
You need a permit if you are conducting any of the following examples:
Find out more on our fire permits page.
There are 5 common agencies that you will work with in order to achieve compliance. Those agencies are:
Station 25 is proposed to be located on State Route (SR) 202 near Parktowne Boulevard to serve the Northern population of our community.
The primary purpose of the new station is to improve response times throughout the City and provide a response that is more geographically situated for the Northern part of our community.
Staffing for the new Station will initially be provided by redistributing existing resources and personnel. Additionally, cross-staffing apparatus and back filling with overtime, when necessary, will be done to make sure all three stations in the City are staffed to adequate levels. As the base economy of the community expands, the new station will provide for the expansion of additional resources.
Yes. The funds to be used for the new station are dedicated and not the same funds as operations. The promise to the community was to provide the fire facility, and the dedicated funds will be used for that purpose.
No. 10.5% of the Fire Division's operations and personnel budget will be reduced ($708,750) which will force the reduction of on-duty personnel. Without today's current staffing levels, and further reductions in service, it is unlikely that we would be able to staff the new fire station.
Yes. Since 2006, a total of $2,703,579 net tax has been collected. $672,709 has been used over those years for Fire capital and operational expenses, leaving $2,030,870 remaining in the fund. Check our Financial Transparency Site for additional details of Fund 431- Fire Capital.
No. Recently City Council Unanimously agreed to authorize the purchase of the land after final due diligence to continue moving forward with the project. It is expected that closing on the land and open bidding for project services will begin in March.
The Yard Waste Site opens on the first Thursday or Saturday (whichever day is first) in April and ends the last Thursday in October.
The following structures require permits:
You can view all upcoming community engagement sessions on the City’s website, Community meetings and city ward meetings will be announced on our website, Facebook page and local media.
Every home is equipped with a shut off valve that allows you to turn the water off inside your home. It is wise to locate that valve in case of an emergency. In most "Huber Homes," the main valve is located in the utility room, next to the water heater. It is the valve closest to the floor. (If you need assistance locating the valve, call SUEZ and schedule an appointment with a service representative to help locate the valve. There is no charge for this service.) Turning the valve clockwise should completely turn off the water inside your home. If there is no valve in this location of your home, please check with a plumber or a previous owner to find out the location of the shut off valve in your home. If you need an emergency shutoff, call SUEZ at 233-3292, 24 hours a day.
Check to see if the drain problem you are having is isolated to one sink, bathtub or other single fixture. If so, the problem is in the drain line to that fixture and you are responsible for taking care of the problem. If the problem seems to be throughout the home, call SUEZ first. We will check the main lines to see if there is a back up in the sewer main system. If the problem is in the City's sanitary sewer main line, SUEZ will clear the stoppage as quickly as possible. There is no charge for this service. If there is no stoppage in the sewer main lines, we will notify you that the problem is in your sewer lateral and you can then call a plumber or other person capable of clearing your sanitary sewer lateral.
Dog licenses can be purchased at City Hall, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. December 1 through January 31, cash only. License cost $20.75 for spayed or neutered dogs or $24.75 for those that are not. They may also be purchased through Montgomery County.
The streets will become City responsibility on February 11,2015. These streets were just accepted by Council at the 1/December 2015 meeting and will become effective 30 days from the approval date. As in years past, some areas are still considered 'under construction' and are the responsibility of the developer. Certain streets in Carriage Trails will remain the same until the February 11, 2015 date.
After the February 11 date the newly dedicated streets will become a Priority IV under the City of Huber Heights Public Works Division Snow removal policy. The policy can be found by viewing the Snow and Ice Removal page. Please feel free to contact the Public Works Division with any further or questions or concerns.
You can reach the Post Office at 937-236-9685.
Please view the Street Lights page dedicated to getting street light issues resolved.
In 2008, a permanent street levy was passed and it provided the City with about $1,200,000 per year for street improvements. This money is used for curb replacement and street milling and repaving. We spend about $500,000 per year on curb replacement and about $700,000 on street repaving. With that $700,000, we can typically repave about 6 to 7 miles of roads per year. The City currently has about 180 miles of roadway within the City limits. By dividing the 180 by 6.5, that means that we can repave a road about every 25 years. 25 years is about the maximum amount of time you want to go for repaving a street. Some streets such as low traffic cul de sac’s can sometimes go longer.
About every 5 years we hired a specialized company that drives all of the roads in the City and they have the equipment to provide a rating for the condition of every road. We use this information as a guide to set up our yearly program. Before we finalize the yearly list of roads, we drive the lowest rated roads and we drive any roads that we get complaints about. This year’s program is now finalized. A portion of the roadway that you were referring to on Chambersburg Road is on our list and is shown on the map.
At this time, there are no new TIF districts being planned.
Please contact our Engineering Department at 937-233-1423
Please contact our Public Works Division at 937-233-1562.
Zip Codes are assigned by the US Postal Service. You can reach them at 937-236-9685.
First, understand the vehicles are only used for official purposes to include commuting to and from work. Many times, work-related events and activities for these positions are not at the same spot, and can include locations outside of the City. All three of those positions are subject to call-in on a 24 hour a day basis, and need access to immediate transportation as well as some specialized equipment in the vehicles. In addition, there are several after-hour meetings and activities they attend as part of their duties. Depending on assignment, the use and miles driven varies; however, it is typically between 10 and 20 thousand miles per year. There is a level of efficiency achieved, and having the vehicles available to them is part of the job assignment.
There was a Town Center project discussed and attempted in 2004; however, due to lack of funding from the developer, property owners and not being awarded grants, the construction of the plan has not occurred. View the City Revitalization Program (PDF) for complete details.
The answer really depends on the zoning district and the acreage of the property. I urge you to contact our Zoning Department with a specific property address. They will be able to instantly tell you if the property meets the requirements. The following is the Zoning Code that deals with this topic:
Agricultural animals shall not be kept, harbored or maintained in the R3, R4, R4B, R5, R6, R7, RMV, PR, or PM Districts, except that said prohibition shall not apply to R3, R4, R4B, RMV, PR, and PM Districts in which the actual lot size is 1 acre or more. For purposes of this provision, "agricultural animals" may include, but are not limited to, horses, mules, donkeys, ponies, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, peacocks, chickens, burros, llamas, alpacas, ostriches and emus.(Ord. 2011, 1910. Passed 9-12-11.)
No, burning trash is not allowed in the City Limits. Please contact the Fire Department at 937-237-1564.
View the Chapter 907 - Basketball Hoop Obstruction Ordinance (PDF) restricting basketball hoops in the street lawn area or public right of way. When the police division receives a complaint we give the owner of the hoop an “Obstacle Placed in Roadway or Public Right of Way” warning letter. Any future violation results in a citation for the violation.
Please contact the Police Department at 937-233-1565.
No, a permit is not needed for a single story deck. City Codes can be accessed on our website or by contacting the Zoning Department at 937-237-5815.
Yes you can.
Please review our City Code for parking. If you have a specific vehicle you can discuss with the Huber Heights Police Department. View the City Code of Huber Heights.
(a) No person shall park or let stand upon a street any motor vehicle that exceeds any one of the following measurements: twenty feet in length, seven feet in width, or seven feet in height. All such measurements shall include any load being carried on the vehicle.
(b) This section shall not apply to the following:
(1) A public safety vehicle being used in the performance of duties.
(2) A vehicle owned by this City, by Montgomery or Miami Counties, or by the State of Ohio, or any vehicle being used as part of any public installation, construction or maintenance work.
(3) A vehicle stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading goods, merchandise or passengers, or while its operator is actually engaged in a commercial service call.
(4) A vehicle parked temporarily (twenty-four hours or less) due to its being disabled. (See Section 351.14 for restrictions against parking of any disabled vehicle, large or small, for more than twenty-four hours.)
(5) Parking that is necessary in connection with construction, development or repair work for which any required permits have been obtained.
(Ord. 87-0-234. Passed 4-20-87.)
(6) Recreational vehicles parked for purposes of loading, unloading and related activities for up to eight hours in any twenty-four hour period.
(Ord. 88-0-300. Passed 5-2-88.)
The Yard Waste Site does not accept grass clippings due to the fact the site is regulated by the EPA and with the various chemicals residents use in their lawns the “no acceptance” is to help prevent any run off from the various chemicals which could cause water shed contamination.
According to the latest census the population was 38,101. Learn more by visiting the Demographics of Huber Heights page.
Please contact the Huber Heights Police Department for more information at 937-233-1565.
Please contact the Montgomery County Solid Waste District, view the Montgomery County Solid Waste and Recycling Services page.
You may have 2 per year with a permit. We have two Community Wide Garage Sales and a permit is not required and is available to all residents.
Yes. Read the City Code of Huber Heights to learn more.
No, permits are not required for fences.
Permits are required for garage sales. There is no fee.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain the right-of-way.
Cars cannot be repaired on the roadway. Please contact the Zoning Department if you have any further questions. 937-233-1423. View the Huber Heights Code on vehicle repairs:
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of:
(a) Displaying such vehicle for sale;
(b) Washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle except repairs necessitated by an emergency.
Please contact the YMCA at 937-236-9622.
Please contact our Police Department at 937-233-1565.
(a) No person shall stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the provisions of this Traffic Code, or while obeying the directions of a police officer or a traffic control device, in any of the following places:
(1) On a sidewalk, curb or street lawn area, except as provided in subsection (b) hereof;
(2) In front of a public or private driveway;
(3) Within an intersection;
(4) Within ten feet of a fire hydrant;
(5) On a crosswalk;
(6) Within twenty feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
(7) Within thirty feet of, and upon the approach to, any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic control device;
(8) Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the end of a safety zone, unless a different length is indicated by a traffic control device;
(9) Within fifty feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;
(10) Within twenty feet of a driveway entrance to any fire station and, on the side of the street opposite the entrance to any fire station, within seventy- five feet of the entrance when it is properly posted with signs;
(11) Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such standing or parking would obstruct traffic;
(12) Alongside any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;
(13) Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street, or within a street tunnel;
(14) At any place where signs prohibit stopping, standing or parking, or where the curbing or street is painted yellow, or at any place in excess of the maximum time limited by signs;
(15) Within one foot of another parked vehicle;
(16) On the roadway portion of a freeway, expressway or thruway.
(b) A person shall be permitted, without charge or restriction, to stand or park on a sidewalk, a motor-driven cycle or motor scooter that has an engine not larger than one hundred and fifty cubic centimeters, or a bicycle, provided that the motor-driven cycle, motor scooter, or bicycle does not impede the normal flow of pedestrian traffic. This division does not authorize any person to operate a vehicle in violation of Section 331.37.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
The City of Huber Heights only accepts applications for open positions, that is, any position which has been announced and for which we are actively recruiting. Applications are not accepted unless the position is open and for which we are actively recruiting.
Whenever a position becomes available for open recruitment, the City of Huber Heights Human Resources Department issues an announcement for the position. The job advertisement and position description is posted on our website. The job announcement is an excellent source of information that lists the salary, duties of the position, and the requirements necessary to qualify for consideration and the date by which applications must be submitted. Read the requirements carefully. The position may require certain education and/or experience, a license and/or certification, and knowledge and/or ability in specific areas.
A filing deadline appears on every job announcement. You must be certain your application is received in Human Resources by the filing deadline date and time. This means you must allow ample time if you are mailing your application.
The best way to find out what positions the City of Huber Heights is recruiting for is the City website. You can download the City's employment application or you may submit online.
View our Application Submittal Guidelines page.
When open until filled is indicated on the job announcement, it means that the position will close without notice once the position has been filled. If you intend to mail your application, call Human Resources at 937-237-5825 to be sure the position has not closed.
No. You must submit a separate application (PDF) for each position in which you are interested. You may submit a copy of your application if you prefer, but the copy must have an original signature. Your application is evaluated on how well your training and experience match the particular position for which you are applying. View the employment page for more information.
You will receive written notification that your application materials have been received by the Human Resources Department. Each applicant is given careful review and consideration and should you be selected to move on to the next phase in the hiring process, you will receive a telephone call with detail about the next step. The screening process can take several weeks. We realize it can be frustrating to feel you are on hold, but please be patient and give us time to be thorough.
The steps of the selection process vary, depending upon the position. For example, an application screening and oral interview may be all that is required. On the other hand, you may be required to pass a written exam and possibly a physical agility exam. A performance test may be required for a position requiring certain skills. Decisions about the selection process are made by the Department/Division Head and Human Resources when the position opens. Each job announcement will contain a description of the specific selection process that will be used for that specific open position.
Be certain that you know where and when to report and the position for which you are being considered. This is important if you have applied for more than one position. Be sure to obtain the name and telephone number of the person who contacted you for the interview, or save the letter if the arrangements were made by mail. Visit our main Human Resources page for more information, and know that our address is:6131 Taylorsville RoadCity of Huber Heights Government CenterHuber Heights, Ohio 45424
You will be notified by mail once the process is complete and the position is hired. If you have been selected to move forward in the hiring process, you will receive a telephone call acknowledging you are moving to the next step. Then you submit to an extensive background and if chosen to proceed, a conditional offer is extended and pre-employment testing and drug screening will occur. The entire hiring process could take up to three to four months.
No. If you work in any city with a tax rate higher than Huber Heights, you receive a credit for tax paid to that city, but the credit will not exceed the Huber Heights tax rate. Your taxes are first paid to the city that you work in. Your residence city does not receive any of those taxes; therefore, cannot refund it. If you work in a city whose tax rate is lower than Huber Heights, you receive a credit for tax paid to that city, and you will owe Huber Heights the difference.
Yes. You must file a Refund Request Form which must be signed and certified by your employer, and include your W-2. View the individual tax forms page.
Effective January 1st, 2015, the tax rate is 2.25%. For tax years 2009 through 2014, the rate was 2%. For tax years 2006 through 2008, the tax rate was 2.25%. For tax years 2000 through 2005, the tax rate was 1.95%.
All Huber Heights residents, 18 years of age or older, are required to file returns annually. Non-residents are required to file only when they earn income within the City of Huber Heights which is not fully withheld upon or have a business or rental property in the City. Every business located in or performing services in the City is required to file annual returns. All returns are required regardless of the amount of income received or losses incurred.
The due date for calendar year taxpayers is April 15th. The due date for fiscal year taxpayers is 3½ months after the fiscal year end.
As of January 1st, 2009, residents are not taxable until they reach the age of 18. Prior to January1st, 2009, Huber Heights residents became taxable at the age of 16. If you were age 16 or 17 for tax years 2008 and prior, and were fully withheld, you are not required to file a return. If your taxes were not fully withheld, you are required to file and pay the tax due.
Social Security income and pension income are not taxable at the local level; however, as a resident of Huber Heights, you are still required to file an annual return. If you are retired, but receive other types of income, such as part time wages or rental income, you are required to file a return and pay the tax on that income. In some circumstances, retired residents can become exempt from filing annual returns. Please contact the tax office at 937-237-2976 or via email to see if you meet the eligibility requirements.
Yes, you are required to file a Huber Heights City Tax Return if you maintain Huber Heights as your legal residence, even though much of your time was spent outside the City. Any income that you earned is taxable to Huber Heights regardless of where earned.
For tax years 2008 and forward, you can file jointly with your spouse or individually. For tax years 2007 and prior, the City of Huber Heights required individual filing only. The format of the Huber Heights tax return form for tax years 2007 and prior provides you with the ability to both use the same form, but your and your spouse’s incomes are not combined. Review our Income Tax section (such as previous years income tax forms) for more information.
Documentation is required to support all income, credits and adjustments shown on your city return. The specific forms needed will vary, depending on each taxpayer’s situation.
Examples of necessary forms, if applicable:
No. The Huber Heights Ordinance requires you to have at least 90% of your Huber Heights tax paid in by January 15th of the next year. This can be paid through withholdings and/or quarterly estimated payments. If you do not have at least 90% of your current year’s tax (or an amount equal to 100% of your prior year’s tax) paid by January 15th, you will be charged an underpayment of estimated tax penalty.
You are required to file a Huber Heights return for any portion of the year that you were a resident. Taxable income will be based on the income that you earned while a resident only (unless the income was earned within the City of Huber Heights, in which case it is fully taxable). You must attach documentation of your part year income (such as a pay stub closest to the date that you moved in or out). View the individual taxes page.
If you have any further questions about Huber Heights income tax, please contact our office at 937-237-2976 or you can visit our office in person at:6383 Brandt PikeHuber CentreHuber Heights, OH 45424
You can also email questions to the Tax Division.
The interior street program that uses income tax was made permanent in 2008.
In 2008, the City of Huber Heights responded to citizen’s desires and allowed for a .25% earned income tax rate to rescind by vote of the citizens. At the time, there was more than $12 million in cash reserves in the city’s operating reserve fund. Since then, the city has been forced to deplete the reserve at an average rate of $2 million dollars per year in order to maintain current levels of safety and city services. Voters rejected an attempt to raise new revenue in 2012. Maintaining current service levels, the reserve fund will be depleted in 2015, and the city will need to raise additional revenue through an earned income tax increase or forced to drastically reduce city services.
The City of Huber Heights is dedicated to being open, honest and transparent. In 2012, the city went to the voters with a tax increase that would have generated enough revenue to maintain current service levels preventing the depletion of the cash reserve; however, the voters turned it down. Now that we are at the crossroads, we are informing residents of the choice that they will need to make: raise new revenue through an earned income tax or experience reduced safety and city services.
The music center is funded with a projected payment plan consisting of only Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues, and no general fund revenues. The music center is currently being built using short-term notes (less than 1% interest) to finance the construction which will save the city money on interest charges as opposed to obtaining bonds at the current time. Once the construction is finished, and the total costs are verified, long-term financing will be sought. The payments on the music center will then be made from the TIF funds. TIF funds can only be used on infrastructure and public facilities, not on safety or city services, personnel, or operational expenses (i.e. they can be used to build a building, but not used to pay for staffing or operating the building). Again, no general fund money is being used to build the music center. A separate fund will be created to operate the music center. The operational expenses are expected to be covered through a variety of projections to include: sponsorship's, naming rights, operating revenue, and the terms of the operations agreement. In our estimates, there is no projected loss when including all the revenues available generated by the music center. Again, this includes naming rights deal, sponsorship's, etc. The operating revenue is difficult to project at this time; however, it is proportioned based on the number of events held. In other words, the sales of tickets, concessions, etc. for the events held are projected to financially support the cost of operating the facility.
An independent feasibility validation study conducted by the nationally recognized Conventions Sports & Leisure details all projected revenue and economic development impacts, view the Feasibility Validation Study March 14, 2013 (PDF).
The city put out a request for a bid from qualified and experienced building companies that have constructed similar types of buildings in the past. Once all qualified bids were received, the city awarded the contract to the lowest and best bidder.
The buildings may look similar; however, there are considerable design and structural differences. In addition, there was more infrastructure required to build our music center. The PNC Pavilion was built in 2008 as an addition to an existing site, using already owned land and infrastructure. Our project had to include costs such as the purchase of the land, site work, the parking lot, concession buildings, bathrooms, a courtyard area, landscaping, and additional exterior building costs. Considering the differences in scope as well as the difference of construction costs compared to 6 years ago, the cost of our music center cannot be directly compared to PNC Pavilion.
The music center was designed and built to become an economic catalyst for Huber Heights. The goal and mission of the music center is to provide a top-class amenity, add to the cultural arts, and bring people into the area to spark additional development and economic benefit to our community. This concept has already been proven to work, as a major economic boost has been attracted in even before the music center is completed! GoodSports hotel and fieldhouse will be breaking ground in the Spring, and will bring the world of sports tourism to our community. Their project is expected to bring well over $100K each year in additional revenue just at their facility. That does not include the economic benefit to our existing and future restaurants, hotels, and other service and entertainment businesses. There is a growing flow of interest from other significant development that will positively impact the economic growth and development of Huber Heights. An independent feasibility validation study conducted by the nationally recognized Conventions Sports & Leisure details all projected revenue and economic development impacts, view the Feasibility Validation Study March 14, 2013 (PDF).
There will be a demand for some additional safety services; however, many of the needs will be met through the operations of the music center itself. For example, internal security will be hired by the operator and will be paid as part of the operations of the event. In addition, any extra costs for specific events will be billed to that event. Much like any other activity within the community such as festivals, parades, fireworks, etc., we have good plans in place to manage the increased event-specific demands.
The City of Huber Heights is committed to a long-term communications program with its residents where they can voice their opinions and concerns. Similar to a gallop poll, it is logistically impossible to contact everyone in the city to participate. However, the phone poll does allow for the polling of both landlines and cell phones, with representation from all ages and wards throughout the city. The information gathered is simply to serve as a baseline for future discussions. The results have been posted to the city’s website, and all residents are encouraged to participate in any upcoming community outreach meetings.
Our commitment is to keep up-to-date, factual information available for our residents. We are always open for requests, and we are continuously building the information made available on the city website. The city’s financial information, including annual reports and budget expenditures, can be viewed on our website by visiting the Finance Department's page.
There are many dynamics to projections and estimates; however, none are to the scale of $2.3 million. The City needs to identify $2.3million in increased revenue or additional reductions in expenses. Currently, the police and fire budgets consist of 90% expenditures for personnel, and 10% to operations. In other words, a $2.3 million cut involves reducing personnel which results in drastic cuts to service levels. The following is a view of projected cuts and reductions to accommodate the loss of $2.3 million:
The city has been working diligently as the funds for construction have been accruing to secure a potential location for the new firehouse. With the reduction in revenue since 2008, the project plan has been evaluated against fiscal responsibility. Although funds have been accrued to build the structure, without additional revenue the city would not have the funds available to staff the firehouse if it was built. Without having the revenue to ensure staffing levels beyond 2015, and to remain fiscally responsible, the city is holding off on the construction process. However, if additional revenue is created, the existing plans will be immediately finalized, and the project will be able to begin.
The city is dedicated to serving its residents with the level of services they desire. The current level of safety and city services is unsustainable at current revenue levels. Because of this, the city is allowing its residents to decide if they would prefer to maintain current safety and city services by voting to pass an earned income tax increase, or reduce/cut safety and city services by voting to deny an earned income tax increase.
An earned income tax is exactly that; tax on income that is earned through employment or business operations. Retired senior citizens and those unemployed are not taxed. The following items are not taxed in an earned income tax:
We have heard from residents that some people want a permanent tax due to voter fatigue, while others would prefer a five or ten year earned income tax. No decision has been made, as we are continuing to listen to the opinions of our residents.
Since 2008, the City has had a reduction of more than $13.7 million in revenue due to governmental changes. That includes.25% reduction in earnings tax and elimination of the local government funding from the State. In addition, the effects of the economy has provided an additional loss of $8million of revenue. Since 2008. The City has managed the $22 million reduction in revenue by operational cuts over the past 6 years; averaged to over $3.6 million per year. Today, the City is operating at the same budget request dollars as 2008 and is in fact maintaining more with less. There has only been an overall 1.6% increase in the budget since 2008 while managing the $22 million reduction in revenue, increased operational costs (not expenditures), and maintaining acceptable service levels. After making significant operational cuts and reductions of over 20 full time personnel through attrition, the City has been subsidizing the cost of safety and city services from the reserve fund at an average of $2 million per year. Even considering the significant cuts made in the past 6 years, and while maintaining the current service levels, the cost of those service levels is higher than the revenue brought in. Here are the differences from 2009 through 2014 (budgeted) of revenue brought in versus the cost of current operations:
At the end of 2015, it is projected the City will not be able to fund a 2016 budget at the current operational service levels; therefore an increase in revenue is needed, or a reduction in personnel and services will take place.
Recently City Council passed a motion to authorize the City Manager and City Attorney to take the necessary steps to prepare a ballot measure for a proposed city earned income tax increase for November 4, 2014. This does not mean ballot language has been developed and approved. Votes to adopt specific ballot language for the issue will come at a later time. The recent motion authorized the continued development of the ballot language as we engage the community to identify priorities and terms.
There is no question that employees are the largest cost of our operation. In fact, for public safety, 90% of the budget is for people, and 10% is for things. To that fact, we have strived for several years to stay a productive and competitive work environment to keep adequate care of our most valuable asset. We are entering contract negotiations, and I can assure you that we will approach it with a goal of cost containment. A benefits package is much more comprehensive than just salary and health care, and where there are reductions in one, it may cause increases in the other. Nonetheless, I can assure you that we have many years’ experience in managing employee costs to maximize benefit to the community. At this point, it is not permitted to discuss elements of negotiations, but you can be certain that all elements of employee benefits will be discussed with two primary goals: 1) contain costs 2) provide quality working conditions to maintain quality employees. When we discuss those things, it is a comprehensive discussion with many variables and comparables, not just based on a couple of elements. We will always work hard for the benefit of the community.
The presentation last year included a large foam-board representing the image of a check. Of course, that was not real check, and in fact the date on it was November 2014. The check represented a value of land that the City owns which is under an option contract for purchase at the value of $1.8 million. The presentation was to show that when the option to purchase land was invoked, then payment will be made. The time period of the option ends in November 2014. The purchase of the land will occur within the time from of the contract.
We commonly get questions about why items are passed by council as an “emergency,” along with the suggestion that things are being rushed through without public input or comment. We have heard these concerns, and are working diligently to give as much time possible between public meetings for citizen input and discussion about agenda items. However, there are still appropriate times when either waiving the readings, or passage of an item as an emergency will be necessary. View the Emergency Clause page for details and a full understanding.
Shall the Ordinance providing for a 0.25% levy on income for a period of 10 years beginning January 1, 2015 and continuing until December 31, 2024 for the purpose of Police and Fire Public Safety and Support be passed?
There is a meter pit located somewhere in your yard, generally in the front part of the yard, but it can be anywhere. Its purpose is to hold and protect the water meter. The water meter measures the water used inside your home. While the City owns the meter the meter pit is owned by the customer and as such is your responsibility to maintain and provide proper protection for the meter at all times. If there is damage to your meter pit, or it is not properly insulated and the meter inside the pit is damaged or frozen due to the conditions of the meter pit, there is a service charge of $25 to attempt to restore service and an additional fee if the meter must be replaced. The meter pit must always be accessible to service personnel. Never place debris inside the meter pit. If the meter reader cannot access the meter due to bushes or other obstructions covering the meter pit, you will be notified to remove the obstruction or trim the bushes back to a manageable level. Though we can now read meters electronically, on occasion it could be necessary to access the water meter to assist you in researching a leak, shut your water off to protect your home from flooding if there is a broken pipe inside the home etc. Please help by keeping the meter pit accessible.
A water service line is typically a 3/4 inches or 1 inch diameter line that runs underground in your yard from the City water main, usually near the street, up to your meter pit, and from the meter pit into the plumbing system in your house. The portion of the service line from the water main up to the meter pit is owned by the City, and the portion of the line from the meter pit up to the house is part of the plumbing system of the home, and is owned by the homeowner or property owner. The City is responsible for maintaining and repairing the City's water main and the City's part of the water service line, and the customer or homeowner is responsible for maintaining the customer's part of the service line. Leaks in the service line past the meter pit will register on the meter, so prompt repair of any service line leak is a high priority.
A sanitary sewer lateral typically is a 4 inches diameter line that runs underground in your yard from the City sewer main, usually near the street, up to your house and into the sanitary piping system in your house. The sanitary sewer lateral is part of the plumbing system of the home, and is owned by the homeowner or property owner. The City is responsible for maintaining and repairing the City's sewer main, and the customer or homeowner is responsible for maintaining the customer's sanitary sewer lateral.
The new water softening system for Huber Heights water has been turned on. It is a membrane filtering system, not a salt system, and is currently producing softened water. It may take a few days for the softened water to get through the entire system before full softening levels are achieved.
If you do not have a water softener in your home, then you do not need to do anything, and you should slowly start to notice the difference in the water.
If you currently use a water softener, it is likely set at 22 gpg, in order to get the most savings you will need to make an adjustment to your softener’s settings. The newly softened water is reduced down to 7 gpg, and you should adjust your in-home water softener accordingly if you still desire your current softening level. You could also bypass your in-home softener for a week or so to see if the system water is now to your liking. In any case, make sure to adjust your softener if you maintain using it to avoid excessive salt and water use due to the newly softened water in the system.
How do I adjust my water softener?
Basic water softeners are simple to set, you just need to know the hardness level of your water. In Huber Heights, we soften to a level of 7 grains per gallon (gpg). On a basic water softener, you simply change the setting on your softener in accordance with the level. For instance, if your hardness is running at a 7, you would set it to 7 on the unit. Most of the time this is done by turning a dial or programming an electric head unit. Both are simple just follow the instructions that came with the unit. If you do not have it you can typically find a free download of your manual on line. First, look for the brand and model # on your unit. Then do a search on the internet, typing in “manual for” followed by the brand and model #.
When putting in a water softener, you will need to know the total hardness of the water. In Huber Heights the total hardness is 119 milligram per liter or 7 grains per gallon.
Why does my water look rusty? What should I do?
Discolored water could have several causes. Throughout the distribution system you can occasionally experience reddish yellow or brown color to your water. This is usually caused by increased flow through water mains, or through your own plumbing which dislodges iron deposits. This can be caused by any of the following reasons:
1. A hydrant in your neighborhood recently being used for construction or to fight a house fire or to flush hydrants in your area for routine maintenance or fire flow testing by the fire department.
2. A water main break in the vicinity.
3. It could also be caused by just an overall increase in demand of the water supply throughout the system.
4. If water is only looking rusty coming from certain faucets in your home and not others, or it is only present when you use hot water, it can be an issue inside your homes plumbing. In that instance you may need to consult a plumber to resolve the issue.
Though rusty water may look and taste unpleasant, it is not generally a health concern. Iron in water is not a sign of harmful bacteria or lead, which are hazards. The limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for iron in drinking water are based on aesthetics (taste, odor, color), not safety concerns. The City of Huber Heights meets all drinking water standards including those set for iron.
If you notice your water is discolored do not do laundry until the water runs clear, if you have already started doing laundry do not dry any clothing until the disturbance is over. When the water runs clear, re-wash the items before drying. Your local grocery carries “Iron Out” and other similar products that will remove discoloration from clothing if it is stained.
Most importantly, if you experience a rust color in yourwater, first make sure your hot water faucet is off and run the cold water forat least 5 minutes to see if it runs clear, if not please call the waterdepartment, giving your location, so someone can respond and help you determineif you need a plumber or if flushing a hydrant near your home can help etc. Theemergency # for the water department after hours is the same as the day timenumber which is 937-233-3292.
IMPORTANT!!! If you notice the smell inside or outside your home, as a safety measure you should first call your gas company to investigate.
To track down the source of a rotten egg smell that you feel is water related, first check your drainpipes.
If you have a shower, tub, floor drain or sink that gets minimal use, the odor could be caused by sewer gas filtering into your home through an empty plumbing trap. Sewer gas contains methane, which has a distinctive sulfur smell.
The drains from your fixtures all connect to the main sewer pipe that exits your home. If you haven’t used a particular shower or tub in the past few weeks, the water in the trap may have evaporated and is now allowing sewer gas to seep in.
To find out if a dry trap is the culprit, follow your nose to the room containing the little-used fixture—the smell will likely be much stronger there. If the dry trap is to blame, the fix is simple: Just turn on the faucet a few seconds and let the water run. The water will fill the trap inside the drain and effectively block sewer gases.
If the smell is strongest in your basement, the floor drain trap may have dried out. Pour a pitcher of water down the floor drain to refill the trap. If the smell dissipates, you’ve solved the problem.
If it only smells when you run the hot water
If you only smell the rotten eggs when you run the hot water, the problem is likely with your water heater. If the anode rod in the water heater goes bad, it can introduce a sulfur smell into the hot water supply inside your home. The odor can be mild at first, and then become overwhelming over a period of time.
Chemicals in the water can react to the anode, resulting is a sulfur smell indoors. If you have a water softener, you’re at an increased risk of the anode having a chemical reaction to other elements in the water.
Try a sink test using first straight cold and then hot water. If you notice the odor only when you run the hot water, the anode rod is the likely culprit. A licensed plumber can replace the existing anode and should not require replacing the entire unit.
If you have done all the previous tests steps
If you’ve exhausted the previous steps in trying to determine the source of the sulfur smell in the house, it’s time to call a plumber to check your sewer service lines. A broken drainpipe can allow sewer gasses leak out and invade your home. In the case of a broken line, the smell could be even stronger outdoors than indoors, if the break is located in a part of the pipe that’s buried in the yard.
Chlorine is added during water treatment as a disinfectant to kill bacteria and eradicate waterborne germs like e.coli and the norovirus. It is actually required by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in order to disinfect water before it is distributed to homes and offices.
The EPA recommends levels below 4mg/L. Chlorine can be smelled at levels of 1 mg/L.
The very low concentrations of chlorine used to disinfect water is entirely harmless and regularly monitored. Water leaving our treatment works will have less than 1.4 parts per million of chlorine and this will reduce further before reaching your home. This is to ensure the quality of the drinking water is maintained through the pipe network to the point when it reaches your tap.
Some people are more sensitive than others are, to the smell or taste of chlorine and may become aware of occasional changes in chlorine levels in their tap water.
For example, the taste or odor of chlorine may be more noticeable at times of day when water use is high. This is because the water is reaching you quicker and contains more chlorine than when it has been standing in the pipes.
Levels of chlorine may also become more noticeable if we’ve been working on the water mains or if we have to supply you with water from our other water treatment facility.
The strength of this chlorine scent can also be affected by the temperature of the water. Hot water generally has a stronger smell yet it contains no more chlorine than cold water.
If you find the taste of chlorine unacceptable, a good solution is to fill a jug of tap water and cover it. Keep it in the fridge. Not only will the chilled water taste better, it will lose that chlorine smell.
In January of 2019, the City did raise “water rates only” by 15%. However, if you comparing last month’s bill to this month’s bill here are some things to consider:
Remember that your water usage is billed after it is used each month, so look closely at your service dates to determine the period that your bill represents. Next, consider the time of the year.
During summer months, it is not uncommon for your water usage to go up, increasing the amount of your water bill. Sometimes, an increase in usage in summer is because of all the things we do in the summer vs. winter, such as washing cars, filling and refilling kiddie pools, running through water sprinklers or using water slides. Watering occurs in the summer that does not happen in the winter such as people watering flowers or gardens or even your yard. Some people take more showers in the summer than the winter. Washing clothes in the washer may be more prevalent in the summer as well.
Regardless of the time of year, there are many causes (more than can be listed here). Some common causes found in our area have been:
A leaking toilet that runs constantly or a toilet that continues to run after being flushed. (Sometimes the leak can be so small that you can’t even hear it.)
A dripping faucet — a faucet drip can waste 20 gallons of water a day or more.
Filling or topping off a swimming pool.
A leaking hose bib, or one that was left open.
Kids home for summer vacations or school holidays or long-term guests.
Water heater leaks.
A broken water pipe underground between the water meter and the house.
If you have a basement check the pipes in the basement or crawlspace as well as the water heater.
Water softener problems – example: if your water softener cycles more often than it should.
If you suspect you have a leak, but can’t find it, the water department can assist by checking your water meters usage history. The City uses an E-Coder meter, which stores consumption in hourly intervals for a rolling total of 96 days. This is equal to 2,304 hourly intervals of consumption. This data can be extracted using what we call a “data-logger” and a graph along with all the meter readings is created. Though it cannot tell you where the problem is, if it happened in the last 96 days, it can tell you things like, what date the usage began going up, or when the usage returned to normal. It can tell you if the meter is running the majority of the time or if it is only leaking intermittently. These things can help you or your plumber in deciding where to search for the problem. If you would like to have this checked, please call the water department ask for an appointment to have our service technician run a “data-logger” for you.
The same number is used regardless of the time of day 937-233-3292. After office hours an answering service will answer and they will forward your concern to the technician that is ON CALL. If needed, the technician will return your call from a work mobile phone. The phone number the technician calls from will show up as "restricted" on your caller ID. Please be sure to answer the phone if you are expecting a return call. After hours, this number is only meant to report immediate issues/emergencies such as a suspected water main break.
If your water pressure suddenly drops there could be several reasons why. Here are a few ways troubleshoot the problem:
Water Softener Issue - To check this check your owner's manual to see how to bypass your water softener. Generally there is a switch on the unit. If your pressure returns to normal when it is bypassed, consult with a plumber to correct the problem with the unit.
Construction crews or the water department - could be working on a repair to a water main in the area. If the water department is working in your area they do their best to notify all those affected, however this is not always possible in emergency situations. When the work is complete your water pressure should return to normal. If it does not contact the water department at 937-233-3292 to further investigate.
Faucets/Fixtures - Check various locations throughout the home. If the low pressure is only affecting one or two locations, the source of the low water pressure is likely a clogged facuet or screen/aerator. If this is the case remove the screen from the faucet and clean or replace it.
Hot Water Heater issue - Run both hot and cold water through all faucets. If you water pressure is low only when hot water is running, the issue could be your water heater. In this case consult with a plumber to troubleshoot further.
Galvanized piping - In older homes not built by Huber Homes, and (in excess of 50 years old) you could have galvanized piping. If so over time corrosion of the piping can occur. This is not a common problem in Huber Heights as most service lines are made of copper or PVC. If you do have galvanized piping you will need to consult with a plumber to resolve the issue.
Every home is equipped with a shut off valve that allows you to turn the water off inside your home. It is wise to locate that valve in case of an emergency. In most "Huber Homes," the main valve is located in the utility room, next to the water heater. It is the valve closest to the floor. (If you need assistance locating the valve, call SUEZ and schedule an appointment with a service representative to help locate the valve. There is no charge for this service.) Turning the valve clockwise should completely turn off the water inside your home. If there is no valve in this location of your home, please check with a plumber or a previous owner to find out the location of the shut off valve in your home. If you need an emergency shutoff, call SUEZ at 937-233-3292, 24 hours a day.
Call SUEZ immediately at 937-233-3292. Each home is also equipped with a sewer clean out that can be used as a relief valve. It is usually located somewhere close to the front of the house. In the event that the main sewer line would back up into your sewer lateral, removing the lid from this clean-out can relieve much of the pressure in the line and may keep it from backing up inside your home. To determine whether it is a sewer main line backing up or your sewer lateral line, see "What do I do if my drains won't drain"
Cloudy, milky or foamy looking water is usually caused by the release of dissolved air from water. This is quite common and harmless. When watched closely, the dissolved air slowly travels upward, out of solution. This can also be caused when natural minerals in water come out of solution.
Water pressure can have something to do with it. The water in the pipe is pressurized. Water under pressure holds more air than water that is not pressurized. Once the water comes out of your tap, the water is no longer under pressure and the air comes out of solution as bubbles (similar to a carbonated soft drink).
Costs vary depending on the type of permit. For structures such as storage sheds, patio covers, detached garages, room additions, and swimming pools, the cost is $30. For information regarding fees for other permit types, contact the Zoning Department, at 937-237-5815.
A property owner or authorized agent (contractor, architect, renter, etc.) may apply for a Zoning Permit.
No, a Zoning Permit must be obtained prior to beginning construction.
Once a complete application is submitted to Zoning, the permit is generally issued within a week.
No, the City does not require a permit for a deck built in the backyard on the first story of a structure. Please contact Montgomery County Building Department, at 937-225-4622.
All Huber Heights residents, regardless of the County they live in, should contact the Montgomery County Building Department at 937-225-4622. (The City of Huber Heights contracts with the Montgomery County Building Department.)