Trustees got their first look at a proposed 2014 budget for Liberty Township that shows revenues of $20.4 million in all funds and expenses of $21.3 million.
It includes operating revenues of $11.4 million and operating expenses of $13.1 million.
“I’m pleased with this. It’s a goal as to where we’d like to be next year,’’ said Trustee Christine Matacic.
“It doesn’t mean it will go that way because there are so many vaiables. It’s a moving target.”
Among the big ticket items included in the proposal come from the fire department. That’s where $650,000 is budgeted for a new fire engine to replace a 1999 model; and $200,000 is set aside for an ambulance to replace a 2004 model.
Projects are also slated for the parks where the budget includes money to replace the playground surface and a portion of the playground equipment at Reserves Park along with a new shelter at Dudley Park.
Proposed equipment includes a mowing trailer, a one-ton dump truck, sign truck, and a tractor.
“Just because it gets into the budget doesn’t mean it gets spent,’’ said Pam Quinlisk, fiscal officer.
“None of this stuff is a slam dunk,’’ added Matacic. “Even though we’ve put it in the budget doesn’t mean they’re going to get it. They have to prove the need.”
Administrator Kristen Bitonte said the township would have to go out for bid on large purchases or projects and trustees would then have the opportunity to veto any purchases or projects on a case by case basis throughout the year.
The budget also includes money for a preliminary analysis of all township buildings to determine additional space needs or major repairs.
Money is also included to buy 3,200 tons of salt, road paving, work on Maud Hughes Road, and installation of sidewalks along Yankee and Van Gorden roads along with a crosswalk near the Millikin/Lesourdsville-West Chester roads intersection.
A final draft of the proposed budget will be prepared for adoption at a special meeting set for 8:30 a.m., Dec. 27, at the township administration building, 6400 Princeton Road