Columbus Assesses Outside Towns
Things have been happening fast in Columbus during the last two weeks. At least several of the suburbs think so, and ’tis no small wonder. These villages have been under the protective wing of the Columbus fire department, and have not given one cent, and in some cases not even co-operation, in return for this protection. So the powers-that-be in city council decided that unless the towns would pay a reasonable fee contributing to the support of the local department, assistance would be abolished. The move was sponsored by Safety Director McCune, on recommendation of Mayor Thomas, and the necessary resolution was adopted at a meeting of council recently. This, of course, aroused the neighboring towns, and they were not long in making themselves heard.
However, the council followed up with an ordinance fixing the rate which they thought would be consistent and proper. This is $1.86 per thousand of property valuation. Of the suburbs affected, Bexley heads the list with an assessment of $10,000 per year. Grandview is next with over $6,000. Upper Arlington has to pay $4,500; East Linden, $4,000; East Columbus, $3,500: Marble Cliff. $3,000. and Hanover, $150.
Bexley and Upper Arlington sent representatives to a recent meeting of the city council. They protested the action of the body, and said that it was impossible to squeeze $14,000 out of an operating budget of $5,000. Councilman Varley made rebuttal thus: “Issue some of the shorttime notes and long-time bonds we have issued. You’ll like them.” Another former councilman asserted that the time for this action is at hand. “They handed out the same argument when I was in council in 1912,” he said, “and Gabriel’s trumpet will blow before they decide to come in as long as we continue to give them something for nothing.”