Sue Kiesewetter reports
Liberty Township’s 2013 budget is going to look a lot like this year’s officials say.
Trustees got their first glimpse with the approval of the July tax budget that must be submitted to Butler County.
The budget shows a projected beginning balance Jan. 1 of $17.6 million. Revenues from property taxes are estimated at $8.3 million and from other sources at $11.4 million.
Appropriations for 2013 are projected at $20.9 million, with an ending balance on Dec. 31 estimated at $16.6 million.
“This is just the beginning of the process,’’ said Kristen Bitonte, the township’s finance director.
Over the next several months, each department will review estimated funds and put together a budget that will be reviewed by trustees in December before being approved.
Two join Liberty Township Fire Department
The Liberty Township Fire Department has two new firefighter paramedics.
The hiring of Kyle Nelson, 19, and James Montgomery, 28, bring the department’s roster up to 93 career and part-time firefighters, said fire Chief Paul Stumpf.
Both part-time firefighters began work earlier this month. Each will earn $13.50 per hour and may work up to 106 hours during every two week pay period, up to a maximum of 1,500 hours annually, Stumpf said.
Nelson, a Fairfield High School graduate, attended Butler Tech’s fire rescue academy and took classes at St. Clair Community College.
He was in the Fire Explorer program at the Fairfield Township Fire Department and has experience with the Hanover Township and Washington Township fire departments.
Montgomery, a St. Xavier High School graduate, received his training at Butler Tech and St. Clair Community College. He also works part-time for the Colerain Township and Fairfield Township fire departments.
Stumpf said he plans to hire five additional part-time firefighters in the coming weeks to fill his roster.