London Grove Township Board of Supervisors adopts preliminary budget

With the beginning of 2014 quickly approaching, the London Grove Township Board of Supervisors adopted the preliminary budget Nov. 6.

The budget will see a significant difference from years past in terms of format.

Of notice, the LGTMA expenses have been taken out and instead, added into the budget are the road and bridge capital projects and revenues from the additional EIT and expenditures, and the beginning balance will no longer reflect the fund balance.

“The budget is balanced without the need for any new taxes, without the need for any increase in existing taxes,” said Township Manager Steven Brown. “It does contain money that’s being collected from the additional EIT, which is collected this year and will be collected next year.”

This additional 0.5 percent earned income tax (EIT) is collected only for road and bridge improvement and will be implemented for just two years, which began in 2013, according to the preliminary budget.

The budget is broken down into three categories:

• Revenues - $3,481,810.93

• Expenditures - $3,334,783

• Fun Balance - $147,027.93

Police reports

State Police reports for September were released to the township.

These areas saw a rise in numbers:

• Domestic saw a noticeable increase, going from five in August to 15 the following.

• Megan’s Law saw an increase of five for a total of 25 for the month.

• Required assistance and other police jumped 21 to 32, which was the largest increase.

• Totaled together, the number of reports for the entire month went up from 165 to 196.

These areas saw a drop in numbers:

• Collisions in the township dipped two to 10.

• The uncategorized/other area went down 12 to a total of nine.

• There were no reports of trespassing again, keeping the number at 0 for the year.

New assistant Fire Marshal

The board approved the appointment of Ian Torello as the new assistant Fire Marshal.

“He’s very eager to help and get on board,” Brown said. “He could possibly be a resource we could use for other projects as we work with other companies and emergency service providers. He’d be really good to have on the team.”

Resolution of thanks

Recently, Patricia Morison retired after 12 years of service as the township treasurer and as a thank you, the board passed a resolution to thank her for “her many years of selfless service, her expertise and commitment in local government and Township staff, residents and taxpayers of the Township.”

Among her achievements as treasurer, Morrison instituted a stable and sustainable annual budget, the development of Goddard Park, the creation of a Codes Department and the Public Works Department and the operation of Inniscrone Golf Course.