Nichole Hannahs

City Budget Cuts Could Hurt Port Authority

by Nichole Hannahs on December 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Impending cuts to the City of Zanesville’s budget is causing the Port Authority to rework their own.

At Wednesday’s meeting Executive Director Jerry Nolder shared a letter written to City Council Members about a possible cut in the port’s subsidy. A proposal in place would cut the port’s funding in half from $100,000 to $50,000.

"Certainly the letter the Port Authority sends to the city would justify doubling the subsidy," said Zanesville’s Mayor Howard Zwelling. " I wish I had the wherewithal to do that."

Nolder cites the port’s work with the job ready site at other projects as a reason to keep their full subsidy, but already are looking to what will happen if funding is cut.

"We turned in a budget in June," explained Nolder. "We had certain assumptions that we made. Now we’re looking at all those assumptions. We’ve cut everything to the bone, now we’re looking at how we can increase our top line, through real estate sales and other sources."

Nolder says he will also attend a City Council budget work session on Monday in hopes of sharing the port’s work with Zanesville Council members.

In other port news, advertising for bids are taking place for the turn lane project from State Route 93 into Eastpointe. Bids will be open in January and work will start in the spring.