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“New Albany, Ohio, is America’s best –Business suburb.” Insider


An international business park designed with an emphasis on aesthetics and world-class neighborhoods defined by the beauty of Georgian architecture. You’ll find them both in New Albany. Where the benefits of a master-planned community are a way of life.

Inspired.

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A Look Back at 2015 Nancy Ferguson – An Unforgettable Mayor, A Lasting Legacy New Albany Land Use Why Does the City Use Abatements? City of New Albany/New Albany School District Map Your Taxes and Cash Balances 2015 Revenue and Expenses Our City and Government Structure New Albany Contacts

Cover photo by Randall Schieber Back cover photo by Robert Sohovich

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t isn’t every year that your community gets chosen as the best suburb in America, but Business Insider named New Albany just that in 2015. Their recognition reflects our master planning, commitment to green space and aspirational nature. Perhaps the most overlooked reason for this kind of recognition is the people that live here and help make this community so special. You are friendly and welcoming, you know your neighbors, and many of you are resident ambassadors who genuinely care about New Albany and personally help make it better. A lot of wonderful things happened here in New Albany in 2015, including:

New Jobs Last year, New Albany gained 1,900 jobs, $600 million in private investment and 1.9 million square feet of commercial space. Today, more than 13,000 people work in New Albany and pay income taxes that support city and school services. Their employers have invested more than $2 billion into our

community and this commercial development reduces the number of residential units that can be built (and students in our schools).

New Healthy Venues The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany (150 W. Main Street) opened after more than five years of planning and construction. The City of New Albany, Healthy New Albany, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are collaboratively creating a community culture of health through fitness, health care and community programming. The Heit Center is a great place to get healthy, stay healthy, or just relax; and you don’t have to be a member of the fitness center to participate in Healthy New Albany programming. Stop by for a tour and see the many aspects of this new community asset. The Rocky Fork Metro Park (7180 Walnut Street), a partnership between New Albany, Plain Township, Columbus, and the Metro Parks, recently received the Governor’s Award for the

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best Ohio park project in 2015. This 1,000+ acre park includes New Albany’s first dog park, running trails, horse trails, a shelter and a playground.

Other Notable 2015 Projects Chatham Green/High Street Intersection: The City made this project a priority to help address safety issues due to more students walking to school. Components included a traffic signal, crosswalks, a leisure trail from the school campus to Kardules Fields Drive, left turn lanes, road repaving and storm water infrastructure. New Trails: Our 33-mile trail system now includes connections from the school campus to subdivisions along Central College Road. We also completed the Dublin-Granville Road Trail from the Ealy House to Market Street. Resch Park: This park, located along Rose Run just west of the Ealy House, was dedicated last year in recognition of Bill Resch’s decades of service to our community.

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Safety Town: Thanks to a $25,000 donation from State Farm and other donations from the New Albany Women’s Network, the New Albany Community Foundation, Key Bank, Maple Orthodontics, Rainbow Pediatrics, Mount Carmel Health Systems and Captain Carwash, our children learn safety tips in a little town of brick buildings all their own. Annual Street Maintenance Program: We invested more than $1 million for street repair throughout New Albany.

Community Dialogue We continued our efforts to update you, facilitate dialogue and invite you to be involved through our collaboration with traditional media, community updates and social media efforts. If you would like to start receiving our e-newsletter, register for it at www.newalbanyohio.org. Also look for us on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and Instagram, and watch for our new and enhanced website later this year.

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Events New Albany hosted some of central Ohio’s most popular events again in 2015, including the New Albany Classic & Grand Prix (voted best specialty equestrian event in America for four straight years), the New Albany Walking Classic, the A&F Challenge, Pelotonia, the Thanks4Giving four mile run and walk; and community celebrations like the Chamber’s Taste of New Albany, Founders Day and Independence Day. These events bring the community together and provide opportunities for tens of thousands of visitors to see just how special our community is.

If after reading this report you still have questions, email them to info@newalbanyohio.org. Sincerely,

2015 New Albany City Council

Finances As this annual report was being produced, the city attained a “Aaa” bond rating from Moody’s, the highest rating a government can receive. New Albany is one of only six cities in Ohio to carry triple A ratings from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. We are also now participating in the Ohio Checkbook program where residents can see every check written by the city. Finally, we have included breakdowns in this report of where your tax dollars go; and, as a follow-up to last year’s Annual Report, how abatements work to benefit our schools and our community from revenue and land use perspectives. We appreciate the trust you have in us to be your elected leaders.

(l to r) Sloan Spalding, Dr. Glyde Marsh, Chip Fellows, Mayor Nancy Ferguson, Colleen Briscoe, Stephen Pleasnick, Mike Mott*

*Note: Sloan Spalding was elected mayor in November 2015 and took office on January 1, 2016; current council members include: Mayor Sloan Spalding, President Pro Tem Colleen Briscoe, Chip Fellows, Dr. Glyde Marsh, Mike Mott, Stephen Pleasnick and Matt Shull

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Nancy Ferguson – An Unforgettable Mayor, A Lasting Legacy We can’t look back on 2015 without recognizing the passionate service of our former mayor, Nancy Ferguson. Nancy decided not to run for re-election after representing the public’s interests for nearly two decades. Nancy was introduced to New Albany at the 1991 Parade of Homes. At that time, New Albany had less than 1,000 residents, it was one square mile, and there were 17 new homes in the country club community. Still, Nancy loved the vision of the community and its unique architecture. She knew it was going to be a successful place so she and her husband Gerald purchased their lot shortly thereafter.

While Nancy would be the first to credit all the City Council members she served with, as well as so many residents who

Photo by Scott Cunningham

When she first started serving on Council in 1997, New Albany looked a lot different. Imagine no Market Square (not even a Starbucks). No McCoy Center. No business park. No metro park. No trail system. No Heit Center. Not even a Village Hall. So much has changed and so many amenities have been built. Through it all, Nancy was a constant. have helped make New Albany the best suburb in America, those who met her walked away knowing her warmth, charm and commitment to New Albany. Thank you for your service, Nancy!

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New Albany Land Use While beautiful homes and a picturesque landscape surrounded by our iconic white horse fence are often the first descriptions of New Albany, we are also home to the largest master planned business park in the Midwest. City Council’s policies and actions demonstrate a commitment to less than one unit per acre for new residential developments and New Albany’s residential density of 0.35 units per acre is by far the lowest of any central Ohio comparable city. Below is a snapshot of our land use today.

40% Commercial New Albany International Business Park is the largest master planned commercial park in Ohio with three interchanges

36% Residential 0.35 units per acre, the lowest residential density of all comparable central Ohio cities • Dublin and Powell: 1.1 units per acre • Worthington, Westerville and Gahanna: > 1.5 units per acre • Upper Arlington: 2.2 units per acre • Bexley: 3.1 units per acre

13% Right-of-Way/Civic, Institutional, Governmental 11% Open Space • Counting Rocky Fork Metro Park, which abuts New Albany, this number becomes >20% • 33 miles of leisure trails connecting all facets of New Albany • Park or open space within ¼ mile of most neighborhoods

The Ten Cornerstones of New Albany Development Compelling environment Exciting destination People take precedence Connected community Carefully considered design Commitment to quality Recognizable community Comprehensive sustainability Collaborative growth Accessible participation

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Why does the City use abatements? • They help generate development that grows our local, regional and state economy. • They help provide exponentially more city and school revenues than if development never occurred. • They help reduce the number of students in our schools. Throughout 2015, we utilized mailings, the local newspaper and information on our website, e-newsletters and social media to generate community conversations about the benefits of abatements. This section highlights the most important information we shared.

ABATEMENTS HELP GROW OUR REGION “Job creation is a critical factor in moving everyone forward—our local communities, our region and our state. Communities that actively work to build business partnerships are creating a better region for all of us.” Kenny McDonald, President and Chief Economic Officer for Columbus 2020

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ABATEMENTS HELP SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS

10x more $

Because of income tax sharing whenever an abatement was in effect, our schools received nearly $59 million in total business park tax revenues from 1998-2015. This is more than 10x the total revenues our schools would have received without business park development ($5.7 million), all while producing 0 new students.

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS OUR RESIDENTS

$1,964

Had the business park remained undeveloped, the median New Albany household ($485,200 home value; $185,076 income) would have to pay $1,964 more annually to maintain their current level of school and city services.

$2,346 Had the business park developed residentially, as it was originally zoned, more than 1,900 homes and 1,400 new students would have been added to our schools, and the median household would have to pay $2,346 more annually to maintain school and city services.

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BUSINESS PARK PROPERTY TAXES HAVE TRIPLED

3x

This occurs because abatements apply to improvements to the land but not the land itself. A commercial designation increases the land value and leads to more property tax revenues for our schools. Plus, while the abatement is in effect, the City of New Albany shares its income tax revenues with our schools in addition to the property tax revenues the schools receive. 1998-2015 Actual Business Park Operating Property Taxes to Schools. . . . . $17.66 million School Property Taxes if Business Park Did Not Develop. . . . . . . $ 5.7 million

ABATEMENTS ARE TEMPORARY

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INCOME TAXES PAY FOR CITY SERVICES

82% • 2% • 0%

Income taxes from the jobs created in New Albany generate 82% of all city general fund revenues which pay for city services like police protection, road maintenance, trails, snow plowing and leaf collection. This is important because: • Those who work in New Albany, regardless of where they live, pay income taxes to New Albany. • The City of New Albany receives just two percent (2%) of all resident property taxes, or $59.41 of every $2,955.20 in taxes per $100,000 valuation. • Most residents who work elsewhere pay no New Albany income taxes.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ABATEMENTS? Abatements are critical to our global commercial development efforts and shared income taxes from business park development have produced 10x more revenue (nearly $59 million) for our schools than they would have received without development ($5.7 million). Commercial development also reduces the number of homes in the community and the number of students in our schools. If you still have questions, send them to info@newalbanyohio.org.

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Your Taxes Property Taxes Property taxes are based on the local tax rate (in mills) and the taxable value of the property. In 2015, the Franklin County Auditor determined annual property taxes for City of New Albany households to be $2,955.20 per $100,000 fair market value based upon the mills for Tax District 222 – City of New Albany, Franklin County, New Albany Plain Local Schools, Plain Township Fire. (This millage rate does not include the 4.75 mills paid by most New Albany residents to the New Albany Community Authority for debt on the New Albany High School building, Fodor Road improvements and fire station improvements and equipment.)

2015 Property Taxes = $2,955.20 per $100,000 of Value Source: Franklin County Auditor’s Office

Itemized Breakdown of Resident Property Taxes

New Albany Plain Local School District...... $1,835.47 (62.1%) Franklin County: ......................................... $ 558.28 (18.9%) • Board of Developmental Disabilities • Aging • Children’s Services • Metro Parks • Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board • Zoo • General Fund

Plain Township Fire..................................... $ 311.47 (10.5%) Columbus Metropolitan Library.................. $ 85.73 (2.9%) Eastland Joint Vocational School................. $ 61.25 (2.1%) City of New Albany..................................... $ 59.41 (2.0%) New Albany Joint Parks District................... $ 43.59 (1.5%)

Income Taxes The City of New Albany levies a two percent local income tax on gross wages, salaries and other personal services compensation. This tax is also levied on net profits of corporate headquarters and small businesses based in New Albany. In 2015, local income taxes accounted for 82% of all city general fund revenues and are typically paid to the community where people work, not where they live. Most New Albany residents pay no income taxes to New Albany because the city provides them a 100% credit for income taxes they pay to other communities. This is why creating jobs inside New Albany borders is so critical.

CASH BALANCES 2011-2015

Cash Balance at Beginning of Year

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 $10,541,880 $10,615,669 $ 8,407,623 $ 7,888,609 $ 2,750,896

Revenue Property Taxes $ 1,243,861 $ 1,043,756 $ 1,001,933 $ 1,034,935 $ 1,077,120 Income Taxes $14,238,998 $11,663,496 $11,710,706 $ 9,862,600 $10,959,194 Hotel Taxes $ 184,065 $ 183,225 $ 48,447 $ 0 $ 0 Inter-governmental $ 119,284 $ 896,990 $ 282,295 $ 589,347 $ 510,595 Charges for Services $ 428,929 $ 470,435 $ 429,900 $ 281,788 $ 385,957 Fines, Licenses, Permits $ 656,890 $ 665,082 $ 578,997 $ 509,046 $ 699,421 Other $ 485,052 $ 512,165 $ 484,245 $ 232,213 $ 313,115 Transfers $ 48,059 $ 9,685 $ 884,533 $ 2,170,850 $ 2,032,823 Total Revenue

$17,405,138

$15,444,834

$15,421,056

$14,680,779

$15,978,225

Expenses Police $ 3,399,609 $ 3,114,690 $ 2,861,532 $ 2,879,066 $ 2,747,008 Community Development $ 1,914,034 $ 1,827,821 $ 1,579,895 $ 1,554,288 $ 1,271,917 Public Service/Engineering $ 3,063,379 $ 2,818,412 $ 2,493,588 $ 2,553,380 $ 2,426,984 Administration $ 1,878,377 $ 1,507,701 $ 1,151,343 $ 1,229,181 $ 1,118,233 IT $ 375,278 $ 402,343 $ 115,610 $ 113,211 $ 118,034 Finance $ 781,110 $ 684,326 $ 741,016 $ 657,675 $ 614,531 Legal $ 371,340 $ 293,092 $ 338,581 $ 400,442 $ 253,933 Mayor’s Court $ 222,145 $ 223,630 $ 225,259 $ 212,585 $ 194,482 Facilities Maintenance $ 365,772 $ 360,813 $ 325,846 $ 388,655 $ 292,447 Other Charges $ 351,319 $ 366,645 $ 425,550 $ 423,894 $ 594,964 Transfers & Advances $ 2,105,000 $ 3,919,150 $ 2,954,789 $ 3,044,600 $ 844,190 Debt Service $ 1,032,241 $ 0 $ 0 $ 704,789 $ 363,788 Total Expenses

$15,859,604

$15,518,623

$13,213,010

$14,161,765

$10,840,512

Cash Balance at End of Year

$12,087,414

$10,541,880

$10,615,669

$ 8,407,623

$ 7,888,609

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2015 Revenue and Expenses 2015 City of New Albany General Fund Revenue

$17,405,138 Source: City of New Albany

7% Property Taxes

82% Income Taxes

1% Hotel Taxes

1% Inter-governmental

2% Charges for Services

4% Fines, Licenses, Permits

3% Other

0% Transfers

2015 City of New Albany General Fund Expenses

$15,859,604 Source: City of New Albany

22% Police

12% Community Development

19% Public Service/Engineering

12% Administration

2% IT 5% Finance

2% Legal

2% Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Court

2% Facilities Maintenance

2% Other Charges

13% Transfers/Advances 7% Debt Service

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Our City and Government Structure statutory form. Ohio statutes govern only on matters that the New Albany Charter does not address. The charter is reviewed every ten years and any proposed revisions to the charter must be approved by the New Albany electorate before they can be enacted.

Style of Government

New Albany utilizes the Council-Manager form of government, which combines political leadership of elected officials with the managerial experience of an appointed, professional city manager who serves as the city’s CEO.

Mayor & City Council

City Council is the legislative branch of government consisting of seven members, one of whom is the mayor. City Council and mayoral elections are held in November of odd-numbered years and are non-partisan. City Council members are elected by residents to four-year terms. The mayor, in addition to the powers, rights and duties of a City Council member, presides over meetings and often acts as a spokesperson to other governments. The mayor has no veto powers. City Council has been granted certain powers by the Ohio Constitution, the laws of the State of Ohio and the New Albany Charter. These powers are exercised through the adoption of ordinances and resolutions. Among other things, the charter gives City Council the authority to create and abolish departments, commissions, boards and committees, audit accounts and records, conduct inquiries and investigations, levy taxes, enforce laws and regulations, adopt a budget and appropriate funds, adopt building and zoning regulations, and hire a city manager.

2015 New Albany City Council At a Glance

New Albany, Ohio is a master planned community of 9,000 residents located fifteen miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio’s capital city, and ten miles from the Port Columbus International Airport. New Albany’s pastoral setting, timeless architecture, world-class amenities and attention to detail offer an exceptional quality of life for its residents. New Albany is home to one of the largest master planned international business parks in the Midwest, featuring dual feed electric power and fiber optic capabilities for companies of all sizes. 

Services

New Albany provides a range of municipal services, including police protection, street maintenance, sewer and storm water infrastructure maintenance, snow removal, leaf collection, planning, zoning and construction inspections. All New Albany residents receive their fire and emergency medical services from the Plain Township Fire Department, a separate entity from the City of New Albany. Health services are provided by the Franklin County Board of Health.

Home Rule Charter

New Albany residents approved the community’s first charter in 1992, giving the city greater local control and flexibility than the

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(l to r) Sloan Spalding, Dr. Glyde Marsh, Chip Fellows, Mayor Nancy Ferguson, Colleen Briscoe, Stephen Pleasnick, Mike Mott Note: Sloan Spalding was elected mayor in November 2015 and took office on January 1, 2016; current council members include: Mayor Sloan Spalding, President Pro Tem Colleen Briscoe, Chip Fellows, Dr. Glyde Marsh, Mike Mott, Stephen Pleasnick and Matt Shull


City Administration and Department Directors

The city manager serves as the community’s CEO and is appointed by City Council to: • Provide organizational leadership. • Manage municipal operations. • Coordinate and direct the budget process. • Oversee implementation of City Council enacted policies and adopted budgets. • Ensure effective delivery of services to New Albany residents and businesses.

New Albany Boards & Commissions City boards and commissions play an important role in our local government by evaluating matters of interest and making recommendations to City Council. All board and commission meetings are open to the public.

• Advise City Council on policy matters and keep them apprised of municipal operations. Planning Commission Meets the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

• Direct department heads and consultants. • Implement all fiscal, planning and infrastructure programs. The city manager and other administrative staff oversee human resources, community engagement efforts, special events, engineering services, Mayor’s Court and legal services. The city manager also appoints the deputy city manager and city department directors for the city’s community development, finance, police and public service departments. Joseph Stefanov, City Manager 99 W. Main Street; 614.855.3913; admin@newalbanyohio.org

Board of Zoning Appeals Meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Architectural Review Board Meets the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Board of Construction Appeals Meets the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Debra Mecozzi, Deputy City Manager 99 W. Main Street; 614.855.3913; admin@newalbanyohio.org Scott McAfee, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer 99 W. Main Street; 614.855.3913; info@newalbanyohio.org

Parks & Trails Advisory Board Meets the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Jennifer Chrysler, Community Development Director 99 W. Main Street; 614.939.2254; development@newalbanyohio.org

Cemetery Restoration Advisory Board Meets as necessary

Adrienne Joly, Deputy Community Development Director 99 W. Main Street; 614.939.2254; development@newalbanyohio.org

Community Improvement Corporation Meets as necessary

Chad Fuller, Finance Director 99 W. Main Street; 614.939.2243; cfuller@newalbanyohio.org

Economic Development Commission Meets as necessary

Greg Jones, Police Chief 50 Village Hall Road East; 614.855.1234; info@newalbanypolice.org

Personnel Appeals Board Meets as necessary

Mark Nemec, Public Service Director 7800 Bevelhymer Road; 614.855.0076; publicservice@newalbanyohio.org

Organizational Priorities • Enhance the local economy through infrastructure investments and implementation of programs that encourage private development. • Work with private and public partners to promote a vital Village Center that incorporates education and lifelong learning, arts and culture, health and wellness, and environmental sustainability. • Develop an organizational environment that rewards excellent performance and promotes continuous personal development. • Pursue continual improvements in operational and programmatic quality, emphasizing efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability.

New Albany Parks & Recreation (Appointed by City of New Albany, New Albany Plain Local Schools, Plain Township) Meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Rocky Fork Blacklick Accord (Appointed by City of Columbus, City of New Albany, Plain Township) Meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (Appointed by City of New Albany, Plain Township, McCoy Center, New Albany Community Foundation, New Albany Plain Local Schools) Meets the second Thursday of each odd month at 8:00 a.m.

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New Albany Contacts

City Service Contacts

Local Income Tax Questions

Administration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 614.855.3913 admin@newalbanyohio.org

Regional Income Tax Agency.......... 1.866.721.7482

Community Development. . . . . . . . 614.939.2254 development@newalbanyohio.org Inspection Scheduling. . . . . . . . 614.939.2222

Other New Albany Area Municipal Services

City Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 614.939.2244 council@newalbanyohio.org Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 614.939.2245 finance@newalbanyohio.org Mayor’s Court. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 614.855.8577 court@newalbanyohio.org Police. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 614.855.1234 info@newalbanypolice.org Public Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 614.855.0076 publicservice@newalbanyohio.org

New Albany Chamber of Commerce and Franklin County Contacts New Albany Chamber of Commerce...............................614.855.4400 Franklin County Board of Elections...............................614.525.3100 Franklin County Auditor.................................................614.525.4663

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New Albany Plain Local Schools........ 614.855.2040 New Albany Parks & Recreation........ 614.939.7275 New Albany Library............................ 614.645.2275 Plain Township.................................. 614.855.2085 Plain Township Fire........................... 614.855.7370 Plain Township Aquatic Center.......... 614.775.9430

Utilities Cable (Time Warner)...................................................1.800.892.2253 Electric (AEP).............................................................1.800.277.2177 Electric, Gas & Propane (The Energy Cooperative).....1.800.255.6815 Gas (Columbia Gas)...................................................1.800.344.4077 OUPS (Call Before You Dig)........................................1.800.362.2764 Sewer (City of Columbus)..............................................614.645.8164 Trash (Rumpke)..........................................................1.888.786.7531 Water (City of Columbus)..............................................614.645.8270


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