WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council approved its 2018 budget and tax levy Monday night.


The $3,965,721 net levy represents a 7.89 percent increase over last year. The number is lower than the $3.99 million levy council members pre-approved in September

The 2018 budget - which totals more than $41 million  - identifies $991,000 in state-aid funding to pay for a replacement to the 10th Avenue bridge that runs over Whiskey Ditch onto Park Avenue. The city receives a certain amount of state-aid money for road construction funding every year, and the bridge replacement project was placed high on the priority list.


The inclusion is a victory for council member Mike Harmon, who pushed for a new bridge and even said he wouldn’t support a new budget if funding for the bridge replacement wasn’t included.


The bridge will be completely realigned to create a better angle for cars turning onto Park Avenue. Council members agree the current angle is dangerous.


Engineering firm SEH will create plans for the new bridge at a cost of $58,420.

The city will attempt to get bonding money from the state for the bridge, though a bonding bill during the 2018 session looks unlikely.


“If we don’t get it done in 2018, then 2019 at the very least,” Harmon said.


For more of this story, see Wednesday's print edition and dglobe.com.