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New Hanover Township 2009 Budget Available for public review at the New Hanover Township Building Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Final adoption at Board of Supervisors Meeting on Monday, December 08, 2008 at 7:00 pm by Janice E. Lee Finance Director 2009 Budget Summary • The fiscal year for New Hanover Township begins January 01 and ends December 31. The budget is prepared in accordance with the Commonwealth of PA Second Class Township Code. This balanced budget identifies all revenue and expenditure estimates for the year 2009 in all of the Township Funds. General Fund 01 Revenue Highlights • The 2009 Budget reflects a zero percent increase to the real estate property taxes. The current tax rate of 1.68 mils equates to an annual tax bill of $168.00 on a property assessed at $100,000. This millage is broken down as 1.05 for real estate, .31 for fire tax, .16 for road machinery, and .16 for recreation. Research results on the historical millage rates for New Hanover Township revealed no increase to the real estate portion (1.05) as far back as 1983. • Successful budgeting and some increases in population growth have assisted in being able to maintain the same tax rate for many years. In addition, the population growth has resulted in higher earned income tax revenue as well as real estate transfer taxes. • Again, the official 2009 real estate tax millage was adopted by resolution at the December 08, 2008 public meeting as follows: • 1.05 mills for General Fund 01 • .31 of a mill for Fire Protection 01 • .16 of a mill for Road Machinery 19 • .16 of a mill for Recreation 96 • Total 1.68 mills General Fund 01 Revenues – cont’d. • As with the economy, the Township growth has slowed down dramatically in the past year, even though the new sewer plant reached completion in 2008. • The 2009 transfer tax is based on an a slightly higher figure than that of 2008 also as a result of the delay in building growth. For 2009 and the next few years this single revenue will be a substantial part of the budget. The transfer tax is a number based on the relative conditions of the economy, and will not always be an integral part of the budget when building reaches capacity in the Township. • The one percent Earned Income Tax revenue continues to be the largest single source of income in the New Hanover Township 2009 budget. There is a portion of .15 percent percent that is strictly for the purpose of acquiring open space. This portion is deposited into the 19 Capital Savings Reserve Fund until such time that it is needed for open space purposes. General Fund 01 Expenditure Highlights • The Legislative, Executive and Administrative Departments have no major expenditures outside of continuing to codify the ongoing changes to the codes, ordinances and resolutions of New Hanover Township. In addition, the Manager plans to publish two editions of the Harbinger newsletter, with inserts from the various supporting committees of New Hanover Township. • The Finance Department has no major expenditures, and has had assistance with sewer billing and receipting through the part-time administrative staff at the Sewer Plant. In addition, a new auditing firm has been selected and appointed through the RFP process for the 2008 financial statement preparation and audit year. • Special engineering line items reflect expenses towards continued Storm Water Management, Dotterer Road and New Hanover Square Road improvements, and continued updates of the existing GIS mapping system. • For the 2009 Police Department, the budget holds no increases to their manpower or their vehicle fleet. The officers are in their fourth year of their five-year contract which runs from 2006 to 2010. Other Fund Expenditures • The Sewer 08 Operating Fund is able to maintain the same EDU rate of $125 per quarter. These sewer rents will fund the 2009 operating expenses of the existing plant, as well as the new plant that went on-line in 2008. • From the Township 19 Capital Fund, the Road Machinery Tax has been budgeted to expense of a backhoe/loader. In addition, other projects by the Township are budgeted out of prior years' Road Improvement fees paid by developers, and Cell Tower Rental fees collected, that were set aside in this fund. Proposed projects are various road repairs, DCED grant expenditure of air quality grant, electric upgrades to Public Works building, HVAC replacement for both buildings, and Codes software. • The State Liquid Fuels 35 Fund will fund road repairs, salt and de-icers, in addition to some bridge work as recommended by the annual PennDOT Bridge Reports. The annual Township-wide line painting is scheduled for the rotation of roads and intersections according to the schedule for the spring of 2009. • The Recreation Fund has budgeted for a County Local Shade Tree grant and the DCNR’s Keystone Grant for Layfield Park improvements and the Windlestrae Athletic Field improvements. In addition are the usual athletic programs and the annual Fall Frolic for September of 2009. • Currently, Township debt is limited to the terms under the leaseback agreement with the Sewer Authority. The Sewer Authority is currently responsible for three loans which were taken in years prior to finance capital improvements of the existing plant. SUMMARY OF FUNDS 2009 BUDGET Extra Revenue Revenue for Future Expense Fund Name and Number Totals Reserves Totals 01 General Fund $3089,392.00 -- $3,089,392.00 08 Sewer Operating Fund $1,218,961.00 -- $1,218,961.00 10 Sewer Capital Fund $629,432.00 -- $629,432.00 13 Transportation Impact Fund $269,800.00 $268,192.00 $1,608.00 19 Capital Improvement Fund $799,701.00 $377,301.00 $422,400.00 35 State Liquid Fuels Fund $434,201.00 - $434,201.00 96 Recreation Fund $130,089.00 - $130,089.00 Budget Fund Totals $6,571,576.00 $645,493.00 $5,926,083.00 Departmental Expense P ro perty Insur., Debt, M isc.Exp. A nnual Co nstributio ns 470,480,487 459 3% 0% Superviso rs M anager 400 401 Traffic Signals, St. Lights, Signs 1% 4% Finance 433,434 0% 402 5% Tax Co llecto r/Census 403 2% Legal, Engineering, P lan., Zo ning P ublic Wo rks Dept. 404,408,41 4 430 6% 19% A dministratio n 405 5% B uilding Trash/Recycle & EA B & EOC 409 415,426,461 1 % 0% Co de Enfo rcement 413 6% Fire Co mpanies 411 8% P o lice 41 0 32% Supervisors Manager Finance Tax Collector/Census 400 401 402 403 Legal, Engineering, Plan., Zoning Administration Building Police 404,408,414 405 409 410 Fire Companies Code Enf orcement Trash/Recycle & EAB & EOC Public Works Dept. 411 413 415,426,461 430 Traf f ic Signals, St. Lights, Signs Annual Constributions Property Insur., Debt, Misc.Exp. 433,434 459 470,480,487 Ratio of 2009 Real Estate Taxes New Hanover Township Mont. County 7% 11% Boyertown Area School District 82% Boyertown Area School as of 07-01-08 to 06-30-09 82% District 20.03 Mills Montgomery as of 01-01-09 to 12-31-09 11% County 2.695 Mills (no increase from 2008) as of 01-01-09 to 12-31-09 7% New Hanover Township 1.68 Mills (no increase from 2008) 100% 24.405
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