Washington Township budget reports OK so far

July 27, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Midyear financial reports for Washington Township, Pa., show the municipality has spent $1.8 million of the $4.5 million budgeted for general expenditures for 2011.

For its general operating fund, the township took in 49 percent of budgeted revenues, or $1.8 million, through the end of June.

"We're better than I thought we'd be, but we're not flush," Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Christopher praised township staff in all departments for limiting overtime and purchasing. He asked the township supervisors at their Wednesday meeting whether they'd like to give employees a 1 percent pay raise as they discussed previously.

The supervisors asked Christopher to provide them with more information about the raises at an upcoming meeting. He estimated the total that would be spent on the increased payroll for the rest of the year would be about $5,000.

Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said she'd support the increased pay.

"This is going on two years without any type of pay raise for staff, except for the police," she said.

Christopher said he believes some roads in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., should be patched this year to continue to hold onto paving funds. A bigger paving project next year would include Jacobs Church Road, Furnace Road and Dutrow Avenue.

"If we pool all of it together for next year, we'll have a better bid," Christopher said.

The 2011 midyear financial report closely mirrors the one from 2010, Christopher said.

"I don't see any hot-button items," he told the supervisors.

The supervisors approved this year's budget in late December 2010.

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