The Board of Supervisor's reviewed the draft 2016 Budget and Fiscal Plan (the Plan) at their Regular Meeting held on November 10, 2015. No tax increase is proposed in the 2016 budget.
The General Fund Budget totals $7,874,249. Revenue derived from the Earned Income Tax will generate 51% of General Fund receipts. Revenues from all funds total $27,078,680.
The Township will allocate $274,808 to the two volunteer fire companies serving the Township. This amount includes revenues derived from the real estate fire tax and an additional appropriation of $80,000. A $15,000 donation will also be made to the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler.
The Township Recreation Fund totals $617,566 to maintain the Township's extensive park and trail system and for programs. The joint project to extend Township trails from Penllyn Woods to the area of the Montgomery County Community College is underway and should be completed in 2016. This is a joint project with Whitpain Township. A County Open Space grant will reimburse the Township 90% of the costs.
The Sewer Operating Fund reflects the termination of the Municipal Authority. The functions of the Authority regarding sewer connections and fees will be absorbed into the Township's Sewer Department operations. The Plan also includes the reorganization of the Public Works Department and the restructuring of the Codes Office.
A 10% increase in sewer user charges is proposed in 2016. Rates have not increased in five years. The Sewer Fund totals $2,931,485, 28% of this total is paid for treatment charges to Ambler Borough. The Township plans to undertake an aggressive program to upgrade its aging sewer collection system. The extent of the work will be determined following the televising of the sewer mains which will be done in late 2015. The replacement of the pumps at one of the Township's three pump stations is also scheduled for 2016. The Board will consider a borrowing to complete this necessary maintenance work.
The Township will allocate $860,640 for the repaving of Township roads. The Township will use a "nova chip" application on eight (8) roads to stretch available dollars. Funds have also been allocated to provide additional storage facilities for the Police and Public Works Departments on the newly-acquired property at 904 Penllyn Pike. An architect has been engaged to provide a plan for the property.
The 2016 Budget and Fiscal Plan will be available to the public on November 11, 2015 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 24 meeting. Adoption of the budget is scheduled for the Regular Meeting to be held December 8, 2015.
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