SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
A preliminary 2014 Salisbury Township budget has been approved calling for a tax hike that, on average, would amount to $39.49 annually per township residential property owner.
The "status-quo" 2014 budget, as Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano calls it, plugs a $241,556 deficit, but does not include requested new hires in the public works and police departments.
Based on the average township assessment of $207,817 and the millage of 1.42103, the gross annual township tax is now $295.31.
With the millage increase to 1.61103, the gross annual township tax would be $334.80, resulting in the $39.49 increase.
Had commissioners granted the hiring of the requested two new public works employees and the one police department officer, the budget deficit could have been $475,707.
The township board of commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the preliminary budget Nov. 21, following a combined 4-hour-plus workshop and meeting that began at 6 p.m.
Commissioner Vice President Robert Martucci, Jr. made the motion to vote on the preliminary budget. Commissioner Joanne Ackerman seconded the motion.
The budget will be available for public inspection starting Nov. 29 at the township Municipal Building, 2900 S. Pike Avenue.
The budget must be available for public review 20 days before adoption.
Township commissioners will hold only one meeting next month, 7 p.m. Dec. 19, when the 2014 budget will be on the agenda for an up-or-down vote.
The township must advertise the budget 10 days prior to the Dec. 19 meeting.
For 2013, an approximate $440,923 surplus is projected.
However, Soriano has recommended the surplus be put toward the general fund capital budget.
The 2014 General Fund Operating Expenditures are $6,670,356 and the 2014 General Fund Operating Revenues are $6,428,700 r resulting in the deficit of $241,556.
The township's Operating Cash Reserve (as of Dec. 31) is expected to be $1,877,978.
Other budget items include the Fire Fund, Library Fund, Sewer Fund, Water Fund, Refuse and Recycling, Debt Fund and Highway Aid Budget.
The budget figures are based on information provided to Salisbury Press by township officials and are subject to change.