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Waynesboro council plans to adopt 'very tight' budget

December 08, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Borough Council is preparing to adopt a 2010 budget described as "very tight" by the borough manager.

No tax increases or rate increases for water or sewer service are planned, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

"We cut a lot of major stuff out," he said, saying a new police cruiser was one of the items cut.

The budget, which is scheduled for adoption Dec. 16, includes $4.5 million in anticipated revenues for the general fund. That amount, coupled with money in savings and income from other funds, such as water and sewer, brings the total revenue amount to $10.7 million.

Borough officials estimate they will receive $1.1 million in revenue from real-estate taxes and $1.1 million from other taxes, such as earned income and per capita.

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Total expenditures across all funds are expected to be around $8.7 million.

Major one-time purchases shown in the budget are $30,000 for a one-ton truck and $70,000 for digital police radios.

Any paving in 2010 would be done with Community Development Block Grant money from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Hamberger said.

Included in the budget is a section laying out the financial picture for the municipal golf course, which has operated in the red for a few years, according to published reports. The 2010 spending plan balances the golf course's revenues and expenditures at approximately $170,000.

Public comment about the budget will be accepted during the Dec. 16 borough council meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall. A copy of the budget is on public display in Borough Hall.

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