Budget session set in Indiana Township
Indiana Township supervisors will hold a meeting Nov. 6 to discuss next year's budget and how to distribute revenue from the emergency-services tax.
The work session is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the town hall, 3710 Saxonburg Blvd. About $237,000 is expected to be collected for the fire fund through the emergency-services tax this year.
Already the three volunteer departments — Middle Road, Dorseyville and Rural Ridge — have received roughly half of the projected funds.
In the first part of the year, the three departments divided $120,000 evenly.
This summer, Indiana Township Volunteer Fire Association officials came to a township meeting to discuss a second distribution. The township wanted to keep the second distribution to put into a capital equipment fund — still earmarked for fire departments' uses — but added to each year to create a larger fund.
After discussing the options, township officials agreed to disburse remaining 2013 fire money among the three departments. Before dividing the money, officials budgeted paying from the fire tax certain related bills, such as worker's compensation and other insurance for the volunteer departments.
“The leadership needs to sit down and come to an agreement about where we are and move on to distribution,” township manager Daniel Anderson said.
Township Supervisor Paul Jorgensen said he wants to decide “what spending is going into the next year's budget and start from the same point.”
Volunteer Fire Association President John Balish agreed they need to finalize “what items are taken out on a consistent basis and how that will be handled.”
Sharon Drake is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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