The 2018 municipal budget for Hampden Township was prepared with the input and scrutiny of all Department Heads along with a public work session conducted by the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.
Following is a brief summary of the 2018 budget highlights.
The 2018 General Fund projects a total annual estimated revenue amount of $15,401,552 which includes anticipated reserves. In 2018, the total estimated operating expense for the General Fund is estimated to be $15,110,113. Budgeted expenses within the General Fund account for realistic projections of anticipated annual increases in Township operating expenses along with a transfer of $3,250,000 to the Capital Improvement Fund. The 2018 General Fund budget allows for the continuation of essential Police, Fire, EMS and Public Works services along with offsetting the operating costs of other necessary Departments to include Administration, Community Development, Finance and Recreation without a need for an increase in the Real Estate Tax rate. 2018 will mark the 41st consecutive year without an increase in the Real Estate Tax rate for Hampden Township.
Capital Improvement Fund
The Capital Improvement Fund will meet the needs of the Township for the purchase of vehicles, equipment and materials, and to perform maintenance associated with Township roads, buildings, facilities, parks and other infrastructure.
Through the Capital Improvement Fund, the Township will also make payments on principal and interest associated with existing debt and provide for capital savings of future project expenses in the amount of $1,584,730.
The total estimated expense associated with the Capital Improvement Fund is $11,445,540.
Sewer Revenue Fund
In 2018, sanitary sewer rates will remain unchanged. The operating revenue for this fund offsets the cost associated with the wastewater operations along with the repairs and upgrades to the Roth Lane Treatment Plant, numerous pump stations and the overall sanitary sewer system including Infiltration and Inflow projects on existing sewer mains. The budget also addresses payment for debt service on prior projects. Total expenditures for this fund are estimated to be $14,160,020.
This fund reflects all revenue and expenses associated with the required collection of solid waste and recycling within the Township. The residential solid waste contract expense equals 92 percent of all revenue collected and the Township’s administrative expenses are covered by the remaining eight percent of revenue from this fund. Rates for curbside solid waste and recycling services did not increase in 2018, which is the fourth year of a five year contract. Total revenue is projected to be $2,279,917, including reserves, with expenditures equaling $2,077,535.
Storm Sewer Fund
The Stormwater Management Fee Equivalent Residential Unit rate will, for the third year in a row, remain the same in 2018. This fee, charged to all properties in the Township, will address the Township’s requirements for compliance with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, the Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction requirements, overall maintenance of the storm sewer system, as well as, the annual leaf collection and street sweeping programs. Estimated annual revenue, including reserves, associated with the Stormwater Management Fee will amount to $1,560,257. All payments collected as a result of the Stormwater Management Fee will be transferred to the Sewer Authority on a monthly basis. Since the Township is tasked with the day-to-day operations of the system, staff will submit requests for reimbursement of those expenses to the Authority. The 2018 projected operating and capital improvement expenses equal $1,553,195.
Highway State Aid Fund
In 2018, this fund includes state liquid fuel contributions which will amount to an estimated total revenue of $1,419,110, including reserves. The fund will cover the costs of utilities for street lights and traffic signals throughout the Township and provide additional funding for necessary street-resurfacing projects.
Armitage Golf Fund
Armitage Golf Club was once again recognized as Harrisburg Magazine’s Simply the Best in 2017! It is estimated that Armitage will have approximately 40,000 rounds of golf played during 2017. The operating cost associated with the Armitage Golf Club is completely offset by revenue generated from greens fees, cart rentals, restaurant operations and various other activities conducted at the facility. No taxpayer dollars are allocated to the operation of Armitage Golf Club.
A number of exciting Capital Improvement Projects occurred in 2017 to include the purchase of 10 new golf carts, other essential equipment needed to maintain the golf course on a daily basis and improvements to the buildings. Annual projected total revenue for 2018 amounts to $1,425,334, which includes anticipated reserves. Expenses are projected to be $1,327,165. The 2018 operating budget will again allow for routine maintenance and operational expenses along with a number of necessary capital improvement projects and purchases to occur at Armitage Golf Club.
The operating cost associated with the pool is completely offset by revenue generated from the sale of seasonal memberships, daily admission fees and various other programs conducted at the facility. The fees offset operating costs, capital improvement projects and debt service payments on past renovations to the complex. Total revenue is projected to be $756,639, which includes reserves, and expenses are estimated to be $458,000.
The entire 2018 operating and capital improvement budget reflects necessary expenditures and realistic estimates for revenue. With this budget, Township Commissioners and the staff will be able to meet the needs of the residents and property owners and maximize the variety of services available to them.