On December 22nd, following eight public budget hearings, the Board of Supervisors adopted the 2021 Township Budget. The budget includes estimated revenues from a proposed half mil (.5) tax increase. This .5 will generate an additional $1,046,577.50. This equates to the average homeowner in North Strabane paying an additional $11.00 per month in property taxes. The increase will go directly to funding the Township's Fire Department and Park. .35 mils of the total .5 increase will go directly to the Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency, while the remaining .15 mils will go directly to the Park. The total budget breaks down as such:
|FIRE VEHICLE FUND||$128,445.00|
|STREET LIGHT FUND||$50,180.00|
|2018 BOND PROCEEDS FUND||$11,229,770.00|
|BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FUND||$11,721.00|
|POLICE FEDERAL FORFEITURE FUND||$3,248.00|
|POLICE STATE FOREITURE FUND||$7,890.00|
|CAPITAL RESERVE FUND||$4,167,500.00|
|MUNICIPAL BUILDING PROJECT FUND||$2,705,583.00|
|FIELD SURFACE FUND||$359,511.00|
|HIGHWAY STATE AID FUND||$449,077.00|
|PARKS AND RECREATION FUND||$498,005.00|
|POLICE HEALTH AND WELFARE FUND||$43,650.00|
The entire document can be viewed here: Township Budget
The General Fund pay for all Township Administration, Code Enforcement, Finance, Public Works, and Police operations and expenditures. The revenues are largely generated from a portion of real estate taxes (.642 mils), earned income tax, real-estate transfer tax, permit fees, and cable franchise fees. The Fire Fund exists solely to support the operations of the North Strabane Township Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency. Revenues are derived from the local service tax, as well as a portion of the real estate tax (.645 mils). The Fire Vehicle Fund is money transferred from the Fire Fund to pay annual debt service on the Fire Trucks.
The K-9 Fund consists of funds raised by our Police Department to purchase a second K-9 unit and all of the necessary equipment required for it. It is 100% donated money with no tax money flowing to it. The Street Light Fund pays for street lights in neighborhood throughout the Township. Only those who benefit from the light pay towards its on-going operation. The 2018 Bond proceeds fund, Building Construction Fund, and Municipal Building Project Funds are three funds consisting of bond proceeds borrowed to construct a new Public Safety Building, new Fire Sub-station in the 84 area and a new Township Building. Proceeds from the 2018 Fund have also been used for the stabilization of the hillside within the Majestic Hills neighborhood.
The Capital Reserve Fund is money generated as the host community of the Meadows Racetrack and Casino. This money goes primarily towards paying debt service on the Township Bonds, as well as, supplementing the Township's annual paving and road maintenance programs. It also funds equipment purchases for the Fire Department and Police Departments.
The Field Surface Fund consists of monies transferred from the Parks & Recreation Fund to have a pot of money to pay for replacement of the Township's synthetic field once it reaches the end of its useful life. The Parks & Recreation Fund pays for the upkeep and operations of the Park, as well as the $40,000 in free programing and events planned by the Parks & Recreation Board. Revenue is generated from rental fees and (new in 2021) a portion of real-estate taxes (.15 mils).
The Machinery Fund is used for annual turn over of the Township's Public Works fleet and is funded by .093 mils of real-estate taxes. Finally, the Highway State Aid is monies transferred from PennDOT, via the gasoline tax, and is used to help fund the annual road paving program.