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Township approves $3.9 million budget

Township officials Tuesday night approved a budget of nearly $3.9 million in appropriations for this fiscal year, down from last year’s appropriations of more than $4 million.

Trustees unanimously approved the measure, which includes about $530,000 to its general fund for elected officials’ salaries, retirements and benefits and contingencies, according to its fund breakdown.

While it carried over nearly $1.8 million from last year’s budget, Bethel Twp. Fiscal Officer Melanie Cochran said it wasn’t clear yet how much will be left over at the end of this year.

“I expect it will be less than $1.8 million,” Cochran said.

Funds are subject to change throughout the year, Cochran said.

Its budget is due to the state April 1.

Its fire department district fund received the most among all township funds, totaling more than $1 million, while its ambulance and emergency medical services fund will see more than $550,000. Its fire station bond retirement fund will get $300,000.

Appropriations also included $350,000 to its gasoline tax fund used for contracted services and tools and equipment and $314,000 to its road and bridge fund for payroll, benefits and other expenses.

Its police district fund will see nearly $217,000 this year.

Combined total appropriations to its motor vehicle tax fund, permissive motor vehicle license tax, cemetery, lighting assessment in the Daleridge, Oakridge, Park Layne and Medway districts, and the cemetery bequest fund are nearly $600,000.

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