Ben Avon budget

Calling it the "largest budget in Ben Avon history," council member Richard J. White presented a proposed 2018 budget of $1,233,900 to council at Tuesday's meeting.

The budget lists total tax revenue of $963,200, the majority coming from $521,000 in current real estate tax collections, along with $380,200 in current earned income tax. The estimate for major sources of non-tax revenue is $270,700.

Highlights among expenses are estimated administration costs of $180,795, the majority for salaries. The police service contract with Ohio Township is $268,500. The public works total is $246,650 for salaries and other expenses, such as road salt and new equipment. The anticipated total for road repairs, and sewer inspections and repairs, is $223,170; $90,300 for fire and other public safety services; and $55,550 for utilities and maintenance for buildings and property.

White emphasized that the budget is balanced, and does not call for a property tax increase. Council voted unanimously to advertise the budget and will vote on it at the Dec. 12 meeting. A copy will be available in the borough office for anyone who would like to review it in its entirety.