The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners will consider a resolution Monday night to amend and reduce the town’s budget for fiscal year 2011 by more than $100,000 – mostly due an anticipation of collecting about $136,000 less in expected real property taxes.
On the revenue side of the equation, the town had initially budgeted for an expected $7,261,551 in real property taxes in FY 2011, but now believes it will only bring in $7,125,551. Similarly, the town had planned for $48,524 from the State Highway Administration, but now expects less than half of that amount – proposing to amend its budget to reflect an expected $23,283 from the state agency. The town has also removed in its antirety an anticipated $25,000 Homeland Security grant. At the same time that expected property tax revenue is down, the town is anticipating a $50,000 increase in income tax revenue in FY 2011. The town is also preparing for nearly $17,000 via a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, which had not originally been in the budget.
Because Bel Air now expects to bring in $103,661 fewer dollars than it originally budget for, the Town Commissioners are proposing to balance the now-lower budget the town is now planning on paying out $27,000 less in insurance and pension costs, a $40,010 decrease in police department salaries, and a $49,102 decrease in streets and highways salaries, while spending $24,000 less on refuse collection equipment.
The budget amendment also includes a $22,256 increase in building expenses, $6,000 for an increase in Planning and Zoning Department salaries, $6,000 for an increase in Economic Development Department salaries, and an increase of $20,000 for miscellaneous Public Works Department expenses.
The full text of the FY 2011 Budget Amendment is posted below:
Also Monday night, the Bel Air Board of Town Commisioners is expected to appoint a new director of planning, recognize Southampton Middle School student Caroline Weimer, appoint members of the Economic Development Commission and reappoint members of the Planning Commission.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Bel Air Town Hall.
The full agenda is listed below:
Commissioners of Bel Air
March 7, 2011
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
a. Employee Recognition – Department of Administration
b. Student Recognition – Caroline Weimer/Southampton Middle School
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
6. NEW BUSINESS
a. Appointment – Economic Development Commission
b. Reappointment – Planning Commission
c. Appointment – Director of Planning
7. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
a. Springtime in the Woods at Rockfield Manor is March 18 – April 17. For more information call 410-638-4565; admission is free.
b. Kite Day is April 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in Rockfield Park; free admission. Rain date is April 17th. For more information call 410-838-4781.
c. The Greater Bel Air Community Foundation is hosting “A Night in
Paradise at the Bel Air Armory on April 16th. For tickets call 410-879-9292.
8. PUBLIC COMMENTS
9. COMMISSIONERS’ COMMENTS