FLINT TWP. — The Board of Trustees approved an $11,353,299 budget for the 2019 fiscal year, at its Oct. 15 meeting.
The budget approval includes a $3,433,270 general fund balance.
Supervisor Karyn Miller said the budget shows public safety is the township’s highest amount of spending, at $4,694,007, and another $1,107,349 for the fire department. These budget line items reflect a $571,052 increase in police spending for 2019, and $79,945 for the fire department.
“I think that’s where residents want it to be,” said Miller, “public safety.”
She also pointed to significant decreases in some areas of spending in the budget, citing line items that went down – such as a $55,117 reduction in the election commission, $150,694 reduction in General Services Administration and a $67,895 drop in the building department budget.
“You can’t spend money you don’t have,” said Miller. “By law we have to stay within the money we take in.”
Trustee Barb Vert was the only trustee to vote against the 2019 budget. She said she thinks the board needs to clamp down on spending.
“I can’t support this tonight. Based on what we’re spending, the next couple years we need to look at what we’re spending,” said Vert.
Revenues for the township in 2019 are projected at $10,237,383.
Trustee Frank Kasle and Treasurer Lisa Anderson were absent.