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Washington Township spending down $66,000

July 29, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The midyear fiscal report presented Wednesday to the Washington Township Supervisors reflected cost-saving measures implemented in March when the financial picture was more bleak.

The municipality has reduced spending by $66,000 compared to the first six months of 2008, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Revenue in the general fund now exceeds expenditures by $295,000. However, overruns and failed grant money for the Washington Township Boulevard bridge have depleted capital reserve savings.

"The bridge is making a major dent in everything," said Carroll Sturm, chairman of the supervisors.

Checks haven't arrived for promised bridge grants, Christopher said.

Sturm said he wants to develop a new line of thinking in which grants are a bonus, not something on which to rely.

"In the desperate times with the state and everyone else, our chances of getting grants are slim to none," Sturm said.

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The recycling center's income is down 82 percent compared to 2008 at this time. Christopher explained officials have been stockpiling recyclable materials, waiting for the price paid for them to climb.

Shipments resumed in the past two weeks.

Cans used to bring in $480 per ton, but the price dropped to about $50 per ton at one point, Christopher said.

The township manager credited staff members in all departments for finding savings when faced with diminishing revenue.

"I'm (thankful) the township employees have worked with the board to minimize spending when possible," Christopher said.

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