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$3.91 million budget proposed for Williamsport

Public hearing set for Monday

June 05, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com

Williamsport is considering a $3.91 million budget for fiscal year 2012, an increase of about 4.2 percent from the budget the town approved for fiscal year 2011.

The largest increase would be in the general fund, which, in June 2010, was approved at about $1.04 million for the current year.

Under the proposed FY 2012 budget, the general fund would increase to about $1.205 million, or 16 percent.

However, much of that increase apparently already has happened, according to financial documents indicating that the town now considers its FY 2011 general-fund budget to be about $1.12 million and, as of late May, was projecting general-fund spending for the year at about $1.182 million.

If the last figure is accurate, the general-fund increase for FY 2012 — from $1.182 million to $1.205 million — actually would be about 2 percent.

Asked Thursday about the different general-fund numbers — what was approved last year and numbers the town is now using — Clerk/Treasurer Donnie Stotelmyer requested that the question be sent in an email, but he didn’t respond.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said Friday that budget figures change throughout the year and the latest numbers best reflect actual spending.

The town’s water and sewer fund for FY 2012, which starts July 1, is proposed at about $796,000, an increase of about 0.3 percent.

The electricity fund is proposed at about $1,913,000, a drop of about 0.6 percent.

McCleaf said no major spending additions or cuts are proposed for FY 2012.

The town’s property-tax rate would stay the same. Higher water and sewer rates are proposed to match increases imposed by the city of Hagerstown and Washington County, which provide service to the town.

The town is ending its experiment with having a full-time economic development employee.

Michael Sparks was hired last year, but has stopped working for the town. His salary was $60,000. Instead, the proposed FY 2012 budget has $29,500 for a possible part-time economic development employee.

Similarly, the proposed budget lowers an economic development fund from $12,200 to $6,000.

The total line item for health insurance through the town is dropping from $32,760 to $28,277. That reflects lower payments because of Sparks’ departure, but also an increase in insurance costs for other employees.

Without Sparks, the town has six full-time employees and one part-timer, McCleaf said. Another 10 or 11 seasonal part-timers will be employed while the pool is open.

The town plans to continue having five furlough days for employees and not giving raises, the mayor said.

The pool at Byron Memorial Park has been taking in more money — including a record $6,000 weekend — but concession stand sales are down as more people bring their own food and drinks, McCleaf said.

The proposed budget includes $96,380 for an unspecified highway capital outlay. McCleaf said the town is negotiating a possible land purchase, which he can’t make public yet.

If you go ...

What: Public hearing on Williamsport’s proposed fiscal year 2012 budget
When: Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Williamsport Town Hall

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