Board anticipates new projects next year

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — With a month left until the fiscal year turns over, Lincoln Township trustees discussed what they liked for next year’s budget.

The board met for a special meeting Tuesday in order to openly discuss the proposed budget.

The meeting was turned over to Clerk Stacy Loar-Porter, who went through the larger items in the proposed budget.

Among the topics were major improvements for the parks system, replacing the 20-year-old heating and air conditioning system at the Township Hall, and matching a grant for the non-motorized path on Roosevelt Road.

“We don’t have any major increases in any of the departments,” Loar-Porter said. “We have some big projects we have been saving for.”

The board scheduled the special meeting because a budget needs to be passed before the start of the fiscal year, which begins April 1.

Trustee Marc Florian was the only one absent for the meeting, but he passed along his thoughts for several budgeted items to Loar-Porter.

“We anticipate adding about $120,000 to our fund balance in this current year,” Loar-Porter said. “Next year we expect to dip into it because we delayed some projects to save some extra money.”

Loar-Porter said she will put together a packet of the township’s proposed budget and have it available to the public by March 6 at the Township Hall.

The next board meeting is at 7 p.m. March 14. At the meeting, the township will hold a public hearing for the proposed budget.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on March 1, 2017)

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