Budget

The Township budget is prepared by the Township Manager and is approved and adopted by the Board of Commissioners every fall. The goal of the budget is to provide financial management, resource allocation, program evaluation and long-range planning. The budget is comprised of 16 funds with the largest being the General Fund, which supports Township departments as well as funding capital projects and needs.


2023 Preliminary Budget

The 2023 Preliminary Budget has a proposed total millage of 5.332 broken down between the following funds:

  • General Fund:               3.230
  • Fire Hydrant:                 0.063
  • Fire Tax:                            0.490
  • Debt Services:              0.700
  • Library:                             0.477
  •  Ambulance/EMS:      0.087
  • Parks & Recreation:  0.285

The average local real estate tax bill will be $1,119.72 (face value). For reference, the following is the average tax bill paid by a resident for each fund if paid after the discount period:

  • General Fund:                 $678.30
  • Fire Hydrant:                   $13.23
  • Fire Tax:                              $102.90
  • Debt Services:                $147.00
  • Library:                               $100.17
  • Ambulance/EMS:         $18.27
  • Parks & Recreation:    $59.85

 

This funding allows all programs and policies to continue or increase, including:

  1. Funding of all positions currently within Administration, Police and Public Works.
    1. Funding of all obligations in the Township’s three collective bargaining agreements.
    2. Funding of all post-retirement obligations, including pensions and postretirement medical benefits.
  2. An increase in the Township's IT expenses due to increase in cyber security upgrade requirements
  3. Funding pedestrian connectivity projects at a cost of 20% of the Township’s base road paving budget.
  4. Increase the annual funding of the Township’s capital equipment needs and capital programs in the amount of $350,000 to continue large, infrastructure project needs throughout the Township.
  5. Funding for a shared Emergency Services personnel with Bryn Athyn Borough
  6. Continued capital reserve planning for fire apparatus.
  7. Continue fully funding the Huntingdon Valley Fire Company shift program
  8. Continued partial funding of the Bryn Athyn Fire Company fire operations request.
  9. Meeting the Township's annual debt service obligations.    
  10. Continued funding of the Huntingdon Valley Library and their increasing funding needs to adequately provide library services for the community.
  11. Fully funding Bryn Athyn Fire Company’s ambulance operations request.
  12. Funding the annual contribution to the Parks & Recreation Capital fund.
  13. Funding grant matches for current intersection and pedestrian improvement projects.
  14. Continuing to provide capital reserve allocations for large Public Works equipment, Police fleet vehicles and IT hardware.

 

New starting 2023, the Township will have three business-type funds: Trash, Sewer, and Stormwater.

The 2023 trash fee is proposed to stay at their current levels while providing the following additional programs and policies:

  1. Continued provision of the Township’s no-additional-cost e-waste                                                   
  2. Continue to provide annual fall leaf collection and composting program                                                                                 

The 2023 sewer fee is proposed to reallocate $70/quarter from the base sewer rate of each billing cycle to the newly created stormwater rate in order to fulfill expenses needed for staffing, engineering, equipment, capital projects and capital planning needs related to stormwater management.