FAIRFIELD TWP. -The township's 2014 budget is projected to have receipts of $836,925 with expenses estimated at $1,501,751, according to Fiscal Officer Pat Hoffmaster.
Trustees approved the budget, which expects to have a $2.2 million carryover, unanimously during a public hearing on Monday.
While trustees expressed concern about funding in 2014 to pave the entire 1.5-miles of Crestview Road, Hoffmaster said that while the budget is down a little from 2012, the township is in good shape.
She emphasized that the planned improvements to government building on Fairfield School Road will be paid out of estate tax money.
"Everything on the grounds was non-taxable from the residents," she said, adding the trustees are "very conservative" about budget matters.
"There's no one here who is wasteful," she said.
Road Superintendent Mel Miller noted the department got 20 years out of a dump truck.
Hoffmaster said, "We never spend more than we appropriate."
Early in the meeting, Trustee Chairman Bob Hum said they had to "make sure we have funds available for in front of the high school because that's the next big project ... and, as of the last meeting, that's getting closer to $300,000."
He wondered if it should be scheduled for 2014 or 2015 and Trustee Barry Miner replied, "I would think 2014 ... I was down it the other day and it was showing signs of cracking."
Later in the meeting, Hoffmaster asked how much the paving would cost and Miner said, "conservatively we'd be at $250,000 but that price is based on asphalt (now), it could be $300,000."
Miner said it costs about $250,000 per mile to pave and Miller said the road will require a "lot of milling."
He added, "There's a lot of pavement out there."
Trustee Carl Garwood asked about chip and sealing the road and Miner said, "If we don't have the money, we may have to look chip and seal."
Trustees discussed blacktopping an area in front of the government building to, as Hum said, "dress up" the area in front after the new windows and doors are installed.
Miner suggested if the township gets money (state) for Crestview Road they could bid the paving as an extra.
Trustees discussed the purchase of a tractor with a broom and blade attachment capability.
Miller said he needed to look at something that can be used as a mower too,
The current tractor it a 1970's White, he said, adding he would like to buy "something small with a cab so we don't have to eat the dust."
Miner estimated a small tractor with a side-mount for mowing at around $70,000.
"Maybe more," he said, "I haven't priced them for a few years."
Hoffmaster received an extension for the budget which she said had to be submitted to the county in September.
She said that before trustees make any financial moves, "everything's very well thought out."