The village of Pioneer is continuing its tradition of granting residents a $200 rebate.

The village council approved the rebate during its monthly meeting Monday evening.

“That’s the big thing,” April McMillen, village fiscal officer, said Tuesday, in recounting the meeting to The Bryan Times. “That’s what people like to hear.”

She said the village has been offering the rebate for “a while,” saying it’s been five or six years.

The credit is for anyone who has lived in Pioneer for a year and has an average bill of over $30.

“It’s a one-time $200 credit that’ll going on the next electric bill due Feb. 16,” she said.

The council also had to repeal and repass the yearly village budget.

McMillen said it was because she had made a mistake on the one they passed last month.

“I had accidentally lopped off the sanitary sewer budget; I had it listed, but no amount was plugged in,” she said. “That made a difference, about a $367,000 difference. We had to fix that one.”

Another piece of legislation passed Monday allows Al Fiser, village administrator, to work with the Ohio Water Development Authority on possibly refinancing loans through OWDA.

A law was passed as recently as Monday, so details are still sparse, but McMillen said the village has around three loans through the OWDA.

In other business, Joel Burt was elected the council president for the year and a safety meeting was scheduled for Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

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