GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- The township's budget for 2012 ended better than anticipated, according to Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler.
Knoedler reported at the trustees' year end meeting Friday night that the actual expenses in 2012 were much lower than expected. Although he did not have the exact amount of difference between projected and actual balance, he said the difference is "sizable."
"We're really in good shape, relatively speaking," he said. "A lot of the (department) incomes were higher than expected and the expenses were kept down."
Knoedler noted that the police department alone came in approximately $70,000 under budget and that even though the General Fund income for the year was less than expenditures as expected, it was only $15,000 less versus an anticipated total over $30,000.
The trustees followed the report by approving permanent appropriations for 2013 of $1,700,903.88 and approving all department budgets for 2013 including a 50 cent raise for all employees.
In other business, the trustees renewed the fire contract with the Damascus Fire Department Inc. at $120,350 for 2013. Knoedler noted that under new terms of the contract, the township will only be paying the fire prevention officer and not the assistant chief or EMS coordinator.
Also at the meeting, the trustees renewed the township's health insurance plan at a .5 percent increase from 2012 with Anthem through Morris Insurance in Salem; approved replacement of the mercury light at the old administration building for no more than $175 from Julian Electric in Salem; agreed to repair as needed the current double door on the east side of the police station after receiving an estimate of $2,229.88 to replace it with a single door; and approved the carry over of vacation and personal days for four police officers due to lack of personnel to cover.
The organizational meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan.5 at the Administration Building.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Administration Building.
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