Ayr OKs Proposed Budget
Ayr Township supervisors adopted a proposed 2011 budget and addressed several other routine items of business at their regular meeting Monday, November 22.
The budget holds the line on spending, and since Ayr Township levies no taxes on property, occupation or per capita, the budget will have very little impact on Ayr citizens.
According to township secretary Denise Grissinger, Ayr began the year with about $1.345 million in reserves and expects to end the year with the same amount.
Grissinger said that approximately $40,000 is budgeted for general government expenditures, which include salaries for township employees, office supplies, computer services, communication, travel, advertising, dues and subscriptions, tax collection, engineering fees, legal fees and utilities.
An additional $22,500 is designated for public safety, which includes contributions to the fire company, fire relief assistance, sewage enforcement fees and planning and zoning. An additional $2,500 has been budgeted for the rental of fire hydrants and $2,200 is budgeted for trash removal on bulky item days.
For culture and recreation, the supervisors have budgeted $3,500 for donations to the library and for the maintenance of Big Spring cemetery.
An additional $80,000 is labeled miscellaneous and will be used for insurances, liability insurance, worker’s compensation payments, FICA and Medicare.
Under the highways portion of the budget, $158,715 is budgeted. This includes $81,215 in state liquid fuel funds and an additional $77,500 from the general fund. These funds are budgeted for road and bridge maintenance, mowing, fuel, radio equipment, repairs to vehicles and machinery, snow and ice removal, cinders, salt and new paving.
Grissinger went on to say that revenues for 2011 will total approximately $309,415 with $165,000 coming from earned income tax (one-half of 1 percent). The township also expects to receive $7,500 in TV cable franchise revenue, $5,000 in fines and forfeits, $20,000 on investment interest and $24,000 in intergovernmental revenues.
The budget will remain open to the public for 20 days, and the supervisors will adopt a final budget at their next meeting on December 27.
During other business, Grissinger announced that septic pumping has been completed in the township’s south district. She said that only about six properties were not pumped. Those properties are for sale and will have to be pumped when sold. She said that 181 notices to pump had gone out in the south district. She reminded residents that notices to pump in the central district will go out at the end of January. She reported that 260 notices will be sent, and the owners will again be given six months to pump their septic systems and provide proof to the township. The remaining district, the north, will be done in 2012, according to Grissinger.
The supervisors also gave conditional approval on the proposed new wastewater treatment plant. The final approval is pending receipt of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) water obstruction and encroachment permit that is expected at any time.
The supervisors also clarified that earned income tax in Ayr will continue to be collected by J.P. Harris in 2011. It was reported that all county municipalities would switch to Capital Collection Bureau of Harrisburg in response to an Act 32 of 2008 mandate requiring all municipalities within a county to choose one tax collection agency. Although the mandate is not effective until 2012, the local tax collection committee had decided to make their contract with Capital Collection Bureau effective January 1, 2011. However, Berkheimer Associates, a collection agency used by some of the county’s municipalities said the committee had not given the required 90-day notice to terminate their contract with them. Ayr was not using Berkheimer Associates, but since all the municipalities now cannot make the change, Ayr will remain with J.P. Harris through 2011.
The Ayr Township supervisors meet the last Monday of each month (unless otherwise advertised) at the township building at 7 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for December 27, 2010.