Berwick Council considers proposed '11-'12 budget
By GEOFFREY STOUTE
BERWICK — The Town Council was presented the municipality’s proposed spending plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year, an estimated $4.24 million budget, during Thursday’s budget workshop.
The plan includes about $4.31 million in revenues, roughly $3.75 million in expenditures and another $488,977 in capital outlay costs.
The town projects to end the fiscal year with a $32,430 balance.
However, when factoring in a beginning year balance in the town’s coffers of approximately $3.57 million, that balance is boosted to about $3.6 million.
Among the General Fund projects the town has budgeted for the upcoming year include walking trail improvements ($60,000), pending grant approval, work on sidewalks in Berwick in areas — including the town’s cemetery to the Berwick Housing Authority properties ($82,100), resurfacing of the tennis courts at Pharr Park ($20,000), a gazebo on Fairview Drive ($6,200), replacement on seals on the town’s flood gates ($25,000), cemetery fencing ($42,000), a new police cruiser and equipment ($31,793) and a new Ford F250 Crew Cab for the fire department ($24,184).
In Enterprise and Utility projects, major projects include a gas line replacement project on Sixth Street ($85,500), a trenching machine ($36,500), and sewer rehab ($50,000).
In the Special Projects, major items include car phone service for mobile computers in police units ($4,100), installation of 100 gas meters ($8,300) and 200 water meters ($30,000), both of which can be read via radio.
Regarding the overall budget, the town hasn’t concluded its 2010-11 fiscal year (it ends Sept. 30), but it projects to end the year with about $3.92 million in revenues, roughly $3.62 million in expenditures and approximately $4.12 million in Capital Outlay expenditures for an ending year balance of $13,792 in the red.
However, factoring in a beginning balance of about $2.56 million in the town’s coffers, the town expects to end the current fiscal year with a balance as of about $2.54 million.
For the upcoming year, the town projects revenue increases in taxes and franchise fees from about $2.36 million this year to about $2.47 million in 2011-12.
Other large revenue boosters include intergovernmental increases from $184,334 this year to $427,600 in the upcoming spending plan and increases from $127,680 in miscellaneous fees from this year to $187,050 in the 2011-12 budget.
The town expects to decrease its licensing, permits and lease fees from $374,807 this year to $335,000 this coming year.
On the expense side, the town expects to increase its police department costs from $810,049 to $865,871.
For the upcoming year, the town expects large Capital Outlay expenditure increases in administrative ($61,000), police department ($21,723), fire department ($39,184), drainage ($33,500), and recreation ($179,897).
The town anticipates expenditures for streets in its Capital Outlay budget to fall by $358,914.
The budget will be introduced during the council’s Aug. 9 meeting and will be subject to adoption at its Sept. 13 meeting.