Ryan Twp. approves tentative budget without raising taxes
BARNESVILLE — The Ryan Township supervisors tentatively approved the 2018 budget that holds the line on taxes at Monday’s meeting.
The budget is expected to be formally adopted at the supervisors’ Dec. 11 meeting. The vote on Monday was 2-0, with board Chairman David R. Morgan and Secretary/Treasurer Franklin Fetter voting in favor. Vice Chairman Clyde “Champ” Holman was not in attendance.
The balanced budget of $599,141.18 shows a slight increase of $11,872.42 over the 2017 budget of $587,268.76.
Real estate taxes will remain at 4.125 mills. Each mill brings in about $28,000 in revenue.
The general fund expenses total $344,175, They were $336,850 in 2017. The breakdown — with 2017 figures in parentheses — is: • General government: $76,110 ($72,980). • Public safety: $44,950 ($44,950). • Public works: health and human services: $3,100 ($3,100).
• Public works: highways, roads and streets: $157,415 ($150,820).
• Employee benefits and insurance: $62,600 ($65,000).
Of the 4.125 mills, 3.5 mills go to the general fund, 0.5 mills go to the fire fund and 0.125 mills goes to the ambulance and rescue squad fund. The 2018 budget breakdown is:
• General fund: $344,175.
• Fund (liquid fuels): $130,999.18.
• Refuse disposal fund: $104,668.
• Fire fund: $15,084.
• Ambulance and rescue squad fund: $4,215.
The budget is available for inspection at the municipal building by appointment. Fetter said to call the municipal building at 570-467-2771 or his number at 570-467-2612.
During the solicitor’s report, Christopher Riedlinger said he will prepare the resolution to set the tax millage for the new year. The resolution will be adopted at the December meeting for it to be advertised.