Budget season How will community organizations be affected?

By on October 5, 2011

By: STEPHEN SEEBER Record Express Staff, Staff Writer

As Lititz puts the finishing touches on its 2012 budget proposal, local organizations that depend on borough donations will be watching closely.

Last year, emergency services (other than the police department) received more than $118,000 from the borough, and local recreational facilities received $66,700.

The Lititz Fire Company and Warwick Ambulance, both volunteer organizations, are vital to community safety. The Lititz recCenter and Lititz Springs Park — both nonprofit entities — are considered priceless components of the community’s quality of life. While those donations represent a fraction of overall operating costs, the money is essential to maintaining current services.

But in a tough economy, when budgets are tight and taxpayers are wary, these crucial dollars are always up for review.

Last week, the fire company and Lititz Springs Park presented annual reports to borough council, justifying their case for continued support. Now they wait.

"I haven’t seen preliminary numbers at this point, so I can’t portend how the new budget will accommodate our community partners," said council president Karen Weibel following that Sept. 29 meeting.

"The presentations are helpful in that they give a sense of the challenges and successes our community partners have experienced during the year," she continued. "We maintain contact with these organizations throughout the year, so we have a pretty good idea of the situation. The annual presentation to council during a public meeting places the reports into the public record, and, hopefully, into the public eye."

Weibel said a draft of Lititz’s proposed 2012 budget will soon be forwarded to the borough’s finance committee, where more work will be done. That draft then goes to council in early November, where more work is done. If that draft is acceptable, she explained, the proposal will come back to council in a final form to be advertised for public review. After the budget is available to the public and any comments are accepted, it is up for final adoption.

Borough council’s marathon work session for next year’s budget is scheduled for Nov. 8 (Election Day), starting at 5:30 p.m.

Final adoption of the 2012 budget, taking into account public comment, is expected to take place during borough council’s Dec. 27 meeting, a little more than two months from now.

2010 borough

contributions

? Lititz Fire Co. No. 1 — $102,315

Includes targeted funds for equipment purchase, building maintenance, workers compensation and phone services.

? Lititz Library — $45,145

? Lititz recCenter — $37,500

? WRRC (Warwick Regional Recreation Commission) — $19,200

? Warwick Ambulance Association — $13,900

Includes life insurance, workers compensation and donation toward fuel expense.

? Lititz Springs Park — $10,000

? WESA (Warwick Emergency Services Alliance) — $2,561 More BOROUGH COUNCIL, page A13

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