The 2011 preliminary budget includes increases in five main categories, Police, Fire, Utilities, Pensions and Healthcare.
The Township's essential public safety activities account for approximately 55% of the General Fund Budget additions, while contributions to the volunteer fire companies, library and healthcare costs represent the other expenditure increase in the 2011 budget.
This budget also represents a no salary increase to the Township's white collar staff. In addition, it represents an employee contribution of 10% towards the white collar employees healthcare cost. The Police and Transportation Workers Union increases are based on a collective bargaining agreement with the unions. These agreements do not expire until the end of 2011. The Administration and International Association of Fire Fighters Union are currently talking about their collective bargaining agreement that expires December 31, 2010.
This budget includes a $30.00 annual increase on the sewer rental fee. The current charge of $155.00 per residential unit has not been adjusted in several years. This increase brings the annual fee to $185.00 per residential unit. These funds will be used to repair and improve the Township's aging sanitary sewer system.
The proposed budget continues twice-weekly trash pickup during the summer months and will not change the recycling schedule. It also calls for no cuts in funding for municipal services. Based upon the total Township budget funding requirements, the real estate tax will increase $.95 for every $1,000.00 of your property assessment.
Thomas N. Micozzie
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