By Pat Bywater
WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP —
The township’s preliminary budget — which does not include an increase in property taxes — has been approved and is now available for the public to view.
Township supervisors voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to approve the $1.2 million spending plan. The meeting had been continued from Tuesday evening to allow the supervisors more time to review the budget.
The supervisors are expected to vote on final approval of the budget at their Dec. 10 meeting.
The budget anticipates revenue down slightly and spending nearly level compared to this year.
The plan anticipates the replacement of aging equipment.
About $8,500 has been set aside to purchase new computer equipment and software for all township departments. Supervisors noted at the Thursday meeting that it has been about six years since the equipment has been upgraded.
Under the spending plan, the township police department will get a new cruiser in 2014. The make and model of the cruiser has yet to be determined, but supervisors noted that the new vehicle will replace a 2004 cruiser that has been driven nearly 120,000 miles.
The supervisors have typically included in their budgets each year money for the replacement of aging road department and police vehicles.
One of the single greatest areas of anticipated savings is in medical insurance, with this line item shrinking from $93,000 to $75,000.
Pat Bywater can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to watch for next
Final approval of the 2014 budget is on the agenda for the West Mead Township Board of Supervisors meeting on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the township building. The budget document is now available for review at the township building.