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Monday the Poolesville Town Commission today approved the 2018 fiscal year municipal budget, which runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The budget represents the program strategies and resources developed by the Commissioners.
The Town’s total budget equates to $4,751,393, with $3,478,478 in the general fund and $1,272,915 attributed to the water & sewer enterprise fund.
The Administration has continued to prepare the annual Town budget that is not only fiscally conservative but also continues to move the Town forward to achieve the Goals and Objectives of the Commissioners. Department superintendents submitted budget requests that were prioritized and vetted always with an eye on reducing costs. Changes in event programming and personnel have been made in order to continue with the Town’s community building and level of service that residents have enjoyed.
The Commissioner’s goals and objectives are to provide high quality services to the citizens of Poolesville in the most cost-effective manner possible. Following are some of the highlights of the budget:
Tax Rate - The FY 2018 Budget is based on a constant tax rate of 17.56¢ per $100.00 of assessment.
Employees - This budget proposes one additional employee and a 3.5% employee wage increase. In recent years, changes have also been made to the number of positions and hours worked for many seasonal and part time staff in order to reduce overtime and expenses.
Newsletter - Several years ago, the quarterly Town Hall newsletter was abandoned for web based information. This budget proposes to restart this effort and improve communications.
Marketing - This budget reflects a 50% reduction in marketing and communication support with Van Eperen.
Infrastructure - Efforts to fund infrastructure projects continues in this budget and through the long term planning cycles.
Water and Sewer fund, there are some major changes to reduce the impacts on water and sewer rates. Sludge hauling and electricity continue to create substantial expenses. In this proposed budget, pump replacement and large repairs have been moved out of the general operational accounts and placed in capital accounts. Typically "planned" new pumps are funded in this matter and once replaced become classified as a new capital item and depreciated as such. This change significantly reduced the operations funding in the wastewater, sewer conveyance and water accounts. Even with this reduction, the account is still underfunded. An 8% increase with a larger increase for higher use tiers is needed to support the fund. This proposed change would increase the average water bill between $6 - $12 per quarter.
In conclusion, the FY2018 Budget addresses the goals and priorities established by the Commissioners for the Town’s future.