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Jay Twp. Supervisors look to cut costs in balancing 2012 budget

October 21, 2011

At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, pictured, the board discussed the 2012 budget and costs that could be cut or altogether eliminated in attempting to balance the township's budget. Photo by Colin Deppen.

At Thursday's meeting, Jay Township Supervisors discussed changes and if at all possible, costs that could be cut or altogether eliminated in attempting to balance the township's budget.
Supervisor Jeremy Rippey suggested that the board consider taking $50,000, in the form of a CD, previously earmarked for a paving project and move the funds to the township's general fund to compensate for currently low tax revenue.
"Before the end of the year, if need be...all the taxes are low right now, maybe some people don't have the ability to pay right now but there's gonna be more money coming in between now and the end of the year, but if need be between now and then we move that CD into the account," Rippey said.
Supervisor Murray K. Lilley asked if his fellow supervisors have previously considered ways of balancing the budget other than through carryover and the redistribution of funds.
"Can't we sit down and figure it out, instead of pulling $50,000 out of savings?" Lilley asked.
Rippey said that the options available to the board are to either make drastic cuts or re-allocate the $50,000. He also said that the township will likely need a fiscal boost of some sort by January or February, or before "next year's tax money starts coming in."
"In my opinion, at some point you're going to end up putting that CD in," he said.
Lilley said in crunching the numbers, he had come up with figures lower than those in the township's projections for the 2012 budget. In advocating cuts over redistribution, Lilley said that with the cost of dust oil for unpaved township roads and the delivery of oil growing exponentially, the board should consider decreasing dust oil applications from three tenths of a gallon to two tenths of a gallon. Lilley suggested that the application be reduced on smoother portions of road and the typical three tenths continue to be applied in places where "the road is cracking or busting up."
Rippey asked how many roads could spare the additional tenth of a gallon. Lilley responded that in the previous years, the township has had "quite a few."
"It works out in previous years, you could do this about every three years," Lilley said.
When asked what kind of cost reduction could result as a result of using less dust oil on roads, Lilley said that by doing so, the township could expect to cut the oil budget by a third leading to a savings of "right around 10,000 bucks."

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