Nick McWilliams reporting – Heading into 2023, the base spending guidelines have been put into place for Dover.

Auditor Nicole Stoldt presented the temporary appropriations to council members at a recent meeting, noting that the budgeted dollars will fluctuate before they submit their final appropriations to the Tuscarawas County Auditor.

She says that the city is planning on having to budget a larger amount for health insurance for employees heading into the New Year.

“We have seen a large increase in health insurance claims. We are self-insured, so we pay dollar-for-dollar. I think everyone took a little break with COVID, and weren’t having things taken care of. And now they’re back to having surgeries and larger things that had put off during COVID.”

Additionally, she says that the income tax fund is down, which she believes will be standard for the time being due to expected reduced workforce by some of the larger employers in the city.

The temporary appropriations came in at $67.6 million, under their current 2022 mark of $74 million, but given the inclusion of American Rescue Plan Act funds and fluctuations in other areas, Stoldt believes that they will end up close to that total when the final budget is due.

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