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Township of Lower Merion

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania


November 6, 2009
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2010 PROPOSED BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

Key Dates

Distribution of Budget to the Board, Libraries, Staff and the Media: November 6, 2009.

Public Hearings: November 18


December 2

Budget Adoption: December 16

Personnel

Full-Time Positions are reduced from the 2009 Budget level of 432 to 428.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Part-Time Positions are decreased by 1.5.

Taxes and Fees

Real Estate Tax increased from its 2009 level (of 3.68 mills) to 3.82 mills (a +3.8% or
0.14 mill increase).

New Solid Waste Fee Structure (beginning January 4, 2010): base fee of $204, plus $50
per container (up to 45 gallons and 50 pounds), new “mini-can” rate of $179 was also
created and a new rear yard collection fee (RYCF) of $200 per year for refuse and
recycling placed more than five feet from the curb.

General Fund Summary

2010 Revenue is budgeted at $50.5 million, approximately $0.2 million or -0.3% lower
than the 2009 Budget.

2010 Expenditures are budgeted at $52.2 million, approximately $0.6 million or -1.1%
lower than the 2009 Budget.

The 2010 Proposed Budget expenditures exceed revenue by approximately $1.7


million, requiring a budgeted drawdown of fund balance.

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2010 PROPOSED BUDGET
TABLE OF CONTENTS

BUDGET MESSAGE 9
READER’S GUIDE 66

FUND BUDGETS PAGE NO.

FUND STRUCTURE 81
ALL FUNDS SUMMARY 82
REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE SUMMARY 83
GENERAL FUND 84
GENERAL FUND: REVENUE/EXPENDITURE/FUND BALANCE 85
GENERAL FUND: SOURCES OF REVENUE/USE OF FUNDS 86
GENERAL FUND REVENUE SUMMARY 87
GENERAL FUND TRENDS IN REVENUE CATEGORIES 88
GENERAL FUND - PROGRAM AREAS 93
EXPLANATION OF GENERAL FUND PROGRAM AREAS 94
EQUIPMENT FUND 95
SANITARY SEWER FUND 96
SINKING FUND 97
CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND 98
HIGHWAY AID FUND 99
SPECIAL REVENUE FUND 100
SOLID WASTE FUND 101
APPLEFORD FUND 102
INSURANCE TRUST FUND 103

DEPARTMENTAL BUDGETS PAGE NO.

DEPARTMENT BUDGETS 104


BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 105
TOWNSHIP MANAGER’S OFFICE 111
OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION 118
LEGAL OFFICE 127
TREASURER’S OFFICE 130
FINANCE 133
INFORMATION SERVICES 145
HUMAN RESOURCES 155

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DEPARTMENTAL BUDGETS (CONTINUED) PAGE NO.

PARKING SERVICES 163


POLICE 171
FIRE 184
BUILDING & PLANNING 193
TOWNSHIP ENGINEER 205
PUBLIC WORKS - ADMINISTRATION 208
PUBLIC WORKS - HIGHWAY DIVISION 215
PUBLIC WORKS – ELECTRICAL DIVISION 223
PUBLIC WORKS - SHADE TREE DIVISION 230
PUBLIC WORKS – FACILITIES MAINTENANCE DIVISION 238
PUBLIC WORKS - FLEET & EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE DIVISION 246
PUBLIC WORKS - SANITARY SEWER DIVISION 255
PUBLIC WORKS - REFUSE DIVISION 264
LIBRARIES 272
PARKS & RECREATION 281
NON-DEPARTMENTAL 291
HIGHWAY AID 295
CAPITAL PROJECTS 298
SINKING FUND 315
APPLEFORD 321

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION PAGE NO.

FIRST CLASS TOWNSHIP TAXES AND RATE LIMITS 325


NUMBER OF TOWNSHIP EMPLOYEES OVER TIME 326
TOWNSHIP EMPLOYEES BY SERVICE AREA 327
TOWNSHIP EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 328
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ALLOCATION 329
ASSESSMENT - MILLAGE - C.P.I. HISTORY 330
TOWNSHIP REAL ESTATE DEMOGRAPHICS 331
TOWNSHIP REAL ESTATE BY LAND USE 332
ASSESSED VALUE AND NET BONDED DEBT TO PER CAPITA 333
ASSESSED AND ESTIMATED ACTUAL VALUE OF TAXABLE 334
PROPERTY
TOWNSHIP’S LARGEST TAXPAYERS 335
TOWNSHIP FACT SHEET 336
TOWNSHIP WARD MAP 337
GLOSSARY OF KEY TERMS 338

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