Board bal­ances bud­get deficit

The Colonial - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Roten­berg

Four weeks af­ter the West Nor­ri­ton pre­lim­i­nary 2014 EuGJHW DnG D SURMHFWHG GH­ficit of $144,989 were in­tro­duced to the pub­lic, townVKLS RI­fiFLDOV KDYH IRunG in­creased rev­enues for 2014 and de­creased costs to bal­ance the bud­get.

Town­ship Man­ager Ja­son Bobst told the board of com­mis­sion­ers and about 15 res­i­dents Oct. 29 that the pro­jected health care in­crease of 11 per­cent had been re­duced to a 7 per­cent in­crease, shav­ing $58,000 from the bud­get.

A pos­si­ble grant from the Mont­gomery County Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict cut an ad­di­tional $10,000 from the town­ship bud­get.

On the rev­enue side of the bud­get, the real es­tate trans­fer tax pro­jec­tion was in­creased from $250,000 to $300,000, an in­crease of $50,000 in rev­enue.

“We hit our [trans­fer tax] bud­get num­ber for 2013 so ZH DUH FRn­fiGHnW WKDW ZH ZLOO be able to hit that num­ber safely in 2014,” Bobst said. “We think it will be a buy­ers’ mar­ket for home­own­ers.”

For sim­i­lar rea­sons, the build­ing per­mit rev­enue pro­jec­tion was in­creased by $55,000, from $100,000 to $155,000.

“The gen­eral town­ship fund no longer has a fund GH­fiFLW IRU 2014,” BREVW VDLG. “The gen­eral fund will con­tinue to pro­vide funds to the emer­gency ser­vices fund.”

Four weeks ago, the pre­lim­i­nary 2014 town­ship bud­get of $9,797,657 was pre­sented to the com­mis­sion­ers ZLWK D GH­fiFLW RI $144,989 be­tween pro­jected rev­enue and pro­jected ex­penses.

The town­ship’s cur­rent real es­tate mill­age rate is 3.487 mills. For a home as­sessed at the town­ship av­er­age of $119,000 the tax bill is $415, Bobst said.

Board Vice Pres­i­dent David McKen­zie asked whether the golf course bud­get deficit would be re­duced from $37,820 be­fore the bud­get is adopted in De­cem­ber.

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