West Norriton board balances budget woe
Board President Paul C. Piantone said the township plans to reduce the golf FoursH EuGgHW GHfiFLW IurWKHr.
“We may have to bring that up again at a higher number. We did a tax millage decrease a couple of years ago and that is still affecting us badly,” said Commissioner Brian Kennedy. “Year after year we have not gotten back what we lost before.”
“I am not interested in a tax increase,” Piantone said. “In this economy, to raise taxes is not a good move to make.”
“That move three years ago was a good move for three individuals,” Kennedy said.
Bobst said that the increase in the number of golf rounds was not keeping pace with the increases in health care costs and wages.
“Our rates are high compared to other golf courses,” he said. “You can either reGuFH ZDgHs or EHnHfiWs.”
Kennedy said he was willing to take a cut in his commissioner’s pay to help balance the township budget.
TKH finDO 2014 WoZnsKLS EuGgHW Ls HxSHFWHG Wo EH finalized in mid-November and adopted in mid-December.
In the original preliminDry 2014 EuGgHW, WoWDO township assessments deFrHDsHG Ey $1,535,256, IroP $971,692,327 Ln 2013 Wo $970,157,071 Ln 2014.
AGPLnLsWrDWLon DnG finance expenses decreased Ey $72,749, IroP $928,395 Ln 2013 Wo $855,646 Ln 2014. PoOLFH HxSHnsHs LnFrHDsHG Ey $64,506, IroP $3,450,807 Ln 2013 Wo $3,515,313 Ln 2014. BuLOGing and zoning expenses LnFrHDsHG Ey $68,590, IroP $39,706 Ln 2013 Wo $108,296 Ln 2014. PuEOLF works expenses decreased $205,714, IroP $941,293 Ln 2013 Wo $735,579 Ln 2014. BHnHfiWs DnG Lnsurance expenses increased $115,341, IroP $3,053,942 Ln 2013 Wo $3,169,288 Ln 2014.
The preliminary budget LnFOuGHG Dn 11 SHrFHnW Lncrease in health care insurDnFH FosWs, D 2.5 SHrFHnW wage increase for AFSCME ZorNHrs, D 3 SHrFHnW ZDgH LnFrHDsH Ior SoOLFH oIfiFHrs, funding for an additional SoOLFH oIfiFHr, D $35,603 Lncrease in mandated pension contributions, an additional $38,434 Ior WKH SFKooO RHsourFH OIfiFHr, $20,000 Ior Sterigere Street basin reSDLrs DnG $50,000 Ior roDG resurfacing.
TKH $1,913,558 FDSLWDO improvement fund includes $730,000 Ior D -osHSK Street sewer upgrade, a Forrest Avenue relief line and repairs to manholes, sewer mains and sewer latHrDOs, $750,000 Ior WHsW NorrLWon’s 36 SHrFHnW sKDrH of the aeration project at the Norristown Sewage TreatPHnW SODnW DnG $443,558 for vehicle and equipment replacement. The township ZLOO SDy $900,000 Wo Norristown for sewage treatPHnW Ln 2014.
On the revenue side of the budget, real estate taxes are projected to deFrHDsH sOLgKWOy Ey $2,446, IroP $3,326,896 Ln 2013 Wo $3,324,450 Ln 2014. Earned income tax revenue is projected to increase by $550,000, IroP $2,450,000 Ln 2013 Wo $3 PLOOLon Ln 2014. DHHG WDx rHYHnuH Ls projected to increase by $35,000, IroP $215,000 Ln 2013 Wo $250,000 Ln 2014. Cablevision revenue is proMHFWHG Wo LnFrHDsH $110,000, IroP $265,000 Ln 2013 Wo $375,000 Ln 2014.