Township sets final public hearing for 2011 budget

— The Flint Township Board of Trustees will weigh two proposed budgets for 2011 at its Dec. 20 meeting after the board approved a final public hearing for the budget at its Dec. 6 meeting.

The board and residents received a glimpse of the township’s financial future during a town hall meeting held Nov. 29. At the meeting, Supervisor Karyn Miller informed the audience and trustees in attendance that since 2008, the township has experienced a decline in its revenues, going from $12,431,481 in 2008 to $11,594,656 in 2010. One of the main reasons for the decline in revenue stems from the declining property values in Flint Township.

With 70 percent of the township’s budget going to personnel and 30 percent going to discretionary items, Miller presented two budget scenarios for the township. The first scenario calls for no layoffs in township personnel and by 2013, the township would have a year-end balance of $266,635, “which is not enough to operate,” Miller said. In 2014, the township’s fund balance would be negative $1,890,295. “We can’t start in the deficit,” Miller said.

Miller then presented a counter to the first budget, showing the audience a budget scenario that calls for layoffs. With the latter budget, the township’s end-of-year fund balance would be $42,024 by 2014, which is not enough to operate. By 2015, it would be $1,908,637 in the hole and by 2016, $4,107,784 in the negative. In terms of personnel, the budget also calls for a reduction of three full-time firefighters, four police officers, one fulltime clerical position and two, full-time non-union positions. In regards to the non-union positions, two, full-time nonunion positions are budgeted as part-time for all of 2011.

A budget workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 with all the department heads in the township hall. For more information on the two proposed budgets, stop by the township offices at 1490 S. Dye Rd., call 810- 732-1350 or visit www.flinttownship.


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