— The township’s fiscal status for the next few years will come into view when the Flint Township Board of Trustees weigh two proposed budgets for 2011 at its Dec. 20 meeting at 7 p.m.
Since 2008, Flint Township, like many other municipalities in Genesee County, 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. Residents and officials were first made aware of the township’s financial position during a Nov. 29 town hall meeting where Supervisor Karyn Miller asked residents for suggestions regarding the township’s 2011 budget.
According to Miller, 70 percent of the township’s budget is designated for personnel and 30 percent is designated for discretionary items. One budget calls for no layoffs and shows the township having a yearend balance of $266,635 by 2013 which is not enough to operate. A counter to that budget is one that calls for a reduction of three fulltime firefighters, four police officers, one full-time clerical position and two, full-time non-union positions. In regards to the non-union positions, two, full-time non-union positions are budgeted as part-time for all of 2011. With this budget, the township would not be negative until 2014.
The township held a budget workshop Dec. 13 with all the department heads in the township hall, followed by a special meeting. For more information on the two proposed budgets, residents can stop by the township offices at 1490 S. Dye Rd., call 810- 732-1350 or visit www.flinttownship.org.