Boardman budget set at $16.9M

By Ashley Luthern


Township trustees and department leaders presented the Boardman 2016 plan Monday and set the 2012 township budget at $16.9 million.

No residents attended the special meeting, which outlined the next five years of Boardman’s finances and priorities.

Outside of the police department, no new hires are accounted for except to replace retiring employees, said Fiscal Officer William Leicht. Currently, the township has 133 full-time and six part-time employees, and most belong to a union with the exception of 11 full-time and three part-time employees.

“This isn’t the final 2016 plan, but these are the highlights,” Leicht said.

The 2012 budget calls for about $7.2 million allotted to the police department, $4.25 million to the fire department; $2.9 million for roads; $2.1 million for administrative, zoning and fiscal offices and $466,000 for capital improvements and maintenance.

Seventy-three percent — or about $12.3 million — of the 2012 budget is dedicated to personnel with the remaining going to operating costs.

The township is expected to have about $4.6 million in carry-over at the end of 2012, which is set aside to pay the township’s bills during the first three months of 2013, the fiscal officer said.

Leicht said the assumptions used to create the 2012-16 plan are: no additional loss of state support; no wage increases; estate-tax elimination in 2013; 3 percent increase in health insurance per year; known retirements replaced with new employees; known capital-purchase replacements; police department hiring; and implementing a township demolition program.

Administrator Jason Loree said the five-year plan does account for step increases under current collectively bargained contracts, but no blanket raises.

As the township constricted and limited hirings beginning in 2007, many of its employees already had reached their full pay under contract, Loree said.

“For example, about 80 percent of the police department [staff is] at full pay. As they retire and new people are hired under the step program, it stretches the money,” he said, adding that it takes a patrol officer 14 steps, or 24 years, to reach full pay.

The township is negotiating with its police patrol and rank unions whose contracts expired Dec. 31.

Leicht praised assistant fiscal officer George Platton for creating the database used to create the five-year plan.

“This is a planning tool. It’s a living document, and we can react to changes in our assumptions,” Leicht said.

Leicht has forecast the township to have the following revenues: $17.8 million in 2013; $16.6 million in 2014; $16.4 million in 2015; and $16.3 million in 2016.

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