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Clinton Township expects balanced budget in 2024

Clinton Township supervisors Kathy Allen and James Halstead
From left, Clinton Township supervisors Kathy Allen and James Halstead deliberate during the agenda-setting meeting on Monday, Nov. 27. William Pitts/Butler Eagle

CLINTON TWP — The township anticipates it will run a balanced budget in 2024.

The township’s draft 2024 general fund budget, which can now be accessed through the township’s website, estimates that its total revenue and expenditures will both equal $1,805,240.

A large percentage of the township’s revenue is projected to come from taxes, which are estimated to total $775,000. These include $177,000 in real property taxes and $598,000 in “Enabling Act” taxes.

$200,000 is expected to from Act 13 impact fees, while another $200,000 is projected to from leasing royalties. $183,100 is projected to from “charges for services,” which includes $90,000 from building permit fees and $50,000 from zoning and land use permits.

Nearly half the township’s projected expenditures, $968,963, are earmarked for roads, which includes $385,100 dedicated to maintenance and repair of roads and bridges.

Another $114,210 is set aside for paid benefits for township employees.

The draft budget went through three workshop sessions in late September, October and November, the last of which took place Monday afternoon, Nov. 27.

Supervisor Kathy Allen spoke optimistically about the township’s finances.

“We're very careful on how we spend our money,” Allen said. “We have no long-term debt. We have no bills that are unpaid. I think we're doing very well.”

Two other preliminary budgets are also available for viewing on the township’s website, for the “ag fund” and the liquid fuels state fund. Both are also projected to be balanced, with the liquid fuels fund at $247,458 and the ag fund at $98,500.

The budget for 2024 should be finalized at the budget adoption meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 28, at 3:30 p.m. Before the budget discussion, there will be public hearings for three items, including the possible reduction of the speed limit on a portion of Brewer Road, an amendment to the ordinance concerning agriculture and some minor changes to the zoning map.

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