FLINT TWP. — In a 4-2 vote, the township board amended its 2016-17 budget by $82,259.
The board passed a two-year budget last year. An amendment was needed because the Municipal Fund and five departments in General Fund were expected to exceed their 2016 allocation, according to a memo from Beth Takacs, controller. The estimated overages are:
– $49,901 for the Municipal Street Funds which is needed to cover expenses for dust control, ditching and road projects projected to go over budget.
• $14,440 from the General Fund – Professional Services to cover labor negotiation expenses.
• $6,638 from the General Fund- General Services Administration to cover the cost of paving Graham Road. The Municipal Street Fund did not contain enough money to cover the project so $100,000 of the cost will be charged to the GSA.
• $3,997 from General Fund- Township Hall and Grounds to cover telephone repair and maintenance. Services from Telnet Worldwide were added to township expenses in May “to resolve robotic sound issues.” Also, a plumbing bill for the hot water heater, bathroom repairs and rerouting a water pipe increase repair and maintenance costs this year.
• $4592 from General Fund-Trade Inspections for repair and maintenance. The number of trade inspections exceeded projections (which was offset by corresponding revenue. But the annual maintenance fee for BS&A Access My Gov. was not included in the budget. This is the first year for the charge.
• $2691 from General Fund- Contribution to Senior Citizens Center for an emergency furnace replacement.
Trustee Barb Vert asked that each amendment be voted on individually instead of as a group.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said they usually are voted on all at once. She asked if Vert had anything to say about any of the expenses.
Vert said she disagreed with some of the amendments and would vote no if they were voted on collectively.
Without further discussion, the board voted collectively 4-2 in favor of the amendments with Vert and Trustee Belenda Parker both casting the dissenting votes. It was Parker’s final meeting as a board trustee. Departing Trustee George Menoutes was absent from the meeting. Departing Clerk Kim Courts and departing Treasurer Marsha Binelli voted in favor of the amendments with Supervisor Miller and Trustee Frank Kasle.
In November 2015, the board approved a $10,295,205 budget for 2016 and a $10,635,454 for 2017. At that time, the projected year-end fund balances were $4,086,442 for this year and $4,022,706 for 2017.