The Board of Supervisor's reviewed the draft 2014 Budget and Fiscal Plan at their Regular Meeting held on November 12, 2013. No tax increase is proposed in the 2014 budget.
The General Fund Budget totals $6,483,620. Revenue derived from the Earned Income Tax will generate 54% of General Fund receipts and the tax is expected to continue its strong performance in 2014. Real Estate tax receipts are projected to remain the same in 2014 compared to 2013. Police Department costs represent over 50% of General Fund expenditures. The budget includes the hiring of two police officers and the establishment of dedicated funding for post-retirement health insurance costs.
The Township will allocate $191,865 for Fire Protection in 2014, most of which will be distributed to the two fire companies serving the Township. A $15,000 donation is included to be made to the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler.
No increase in sewer user charges is proposed in 2014. Rates have not increased in three years. The Sewer Fund totals $2,531,066. An allocation of $100,000 is dedicated to continuing the Township's aggressive program to upgrade its aging sewer collection system.
The Township Recreation Fund totals $520,177 to provide recreation programming and to maintain the Township's extensive park and trail system. The Township has allocated $33,334 representing a 10% share of a $300,000 grant from Montgomery County to extend Township trails from Penllyn Woods to he area of the Montgomery County Community College. This is a joint project with Whitpain Township.
The Township will allocate $568,495 to repave and improve 3.7 miles of roads in 2014. Funding in the amount of $40,000 has been allocated as the Township share of a $400,000 project to improve the four (4) traffic signals in Spring House along Bethlehem and Sumneytown Pikes. The 25-year old heating system in the Township Building will be upgraded at a cost of $200,000. It is estimated that, as a result of energy savings, the payback for the improvement will be 7-8 years.
The 2014 Budget and Fiscal Plan will be available to the public on November 13, 2013 at the Township Building. It will also be on the Township's web site. The Board of Supervisors will be holding budget discussions at their November 26 meeting. Adoption of the budget is scheduled for December 10, 2013.
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