Ayr Adopts Proposed 2010 Budget
Ayr Township supervisors adopted a proposed 2010 budget and finalized plans to enforce their septage pumping ordinance at their regular meeting on Monday evening.
The proposed budget has very few changes from the township’s 2009 expenditures as the supervisors plan to “hold the line” on new spending based on a decline in 2009 in interest rates on their investment. A wage tax and real estate transfer tax will remain unchanged, and the township does not levy property, per capita or occupation taxes on its residents.
The budget calls for approximately $312,500 in expenditures to be offset by approximately $298,150 in new revenues. According to the supervisors, the fact that expenditures exceed projected revenue is largely due to the decline in interest rates. The township secretary noted that interest income is down to about $11,000 for 2009, while interest on investments in 2008 was just under $39,000. For 2010, interest is only estimated at $11,000.
The township, however, has plenty of reserves to draw from in spite of the national economy’s poor performance. The supervisors plan to begin the year with about $1.43 million in cash (checking, savings, CDs and money markets). It is projected that the $298,150 expected to be collected in 2010 will come from wage and real estate transfer taxes, licenses and permits, fines and forfeits, interest and intergovernmental revenues, including $81,400 in liquid fuel funds.
The proposed budget sets spending for general government at $50,000; public safety at $25,000; highways, roads and streets at $157,000 ($75,000 from liquid fuel funds); and miscellaneous expenditures at $72,500. The miscellaneous line item includes payroll expenses as well as insurance.
The supervisors plan to end 2010 with about $1.41 million in reserves. The proposed budget will be open for inspection, and a final budget will be adopted at the December meeting on December 28.
During other business, the supervisors took further steps to begin enforcement of their septage pumping ordinance that calls for mandatory pumping of septic tanks and/or holding tanks every three years beginning in January 2010. The ordinance was adopted in order to comply with the township’s Act 537 plan required by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The supervisors reviewed forms prepared by their secretary for letters to property owners, pumping reports to be submitted to the township by the septage pumpers and the application for license to be submitted by septage pumpers interested in pumping tanks in the township.
According to the letter to be sent to property owners, the township has been divided into three sections to make it easier to “implement the three-year pumping cycle.” Each of the three districts’ pumping schedules will be “staggered” over the three-year period. For those who must pump their systems in 2010, property owners will be given until July 31, 2010, to have it completed.
Although property owners will pay the pumping fees to the hauler, the supervisors have not yet adopted a fee schedule for haulers on fees that will be paid to the township to administer the program.