Lower Salford crunches budget numbers
Lower Salford Township is projecting it will spend more than $1.3 million on capital fund expenses, such as replacement vehicles and building and property improvements or long-term maintenance, RvHU WhH nHxW fivH yHDUV.
A breakdown for each year, beginning with $237,016 next year, was given to the Lower Salford Township Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 19 morning work session.
“A lot of this is timing, and a lot of this is our best guess estimate,” Joseph Czajkowski, township manager, said. “Our facilities, I think for the most part, are in good shape.”
rpcoming expenses include the replacement of police cars, replacing the barn roof at Heckler Plains Farmstead, the planned creation of the Fawn Drive extension of the township trail system and replacing computers. The township has 23 personal computers — 16 used for township administration and seven used by the police department, Czajkowski said. Those computers are scheduled to be replaced after seven years’ use, he said.
It now looks as though it will be at least 2014 before the township has to buy new police radios for the anticipated county- wide radio system upgrade, police Chief Thomas Medwid said.
A draft version of next year’s proposed budget should be ready early in October, Czajkowski said. In other Lower Salford matters: • 7hH ERDUG DFFHSWHG D VHWWOHPHnW Rn D property tax assessment appeal by Harleysville Insurance.
The company’s property was assessed at $13.5 million, but in the agreement, that was changed to $11.88 million for 2010, $12.342 million for 2011 and $12.76 million for 2012, Czajkowski said.
rnder the agreement, the township will return $8,500 that was paid during the past three years under the previous assessment rate.
Any litigation over assessment appeals is done by the school district, not the municipality, since the school taxes involve greater amounts of money, township offiFLDOV VDLG.
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“Their initial offer is $180,000,” but there is the possibility of negotiating for more, Czajkowski said.
The $180,000 offer equals about the amount received from eight or nine years of rental payments received from the lease, he said.