Eureka Township board to give itself a raise

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 12:19 pm on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The Eureka Township Board has proposed a $783,000 budget for the 2014 fiscal year, a budget slightly thinner than the current year but including a small raise for administration and some board members.

“We thought it was time to go across the board and give everyone a slight raise,” said Supervisor Rodney Roy, who noted it had been five years since the last salary bump for township officials. The total increase to salaries comes to about $4,300.

The raises have not been approved yet, said Clerk Linda Ruwersma, but the budget does allow for their approval.

Outside the raises — which amount to about $500 for the supervisor, $1,000 for the clerk, $800 total for the board of review, $1,000 for the township secretary and $1,000 for the treasurer — the budget is mostly similar to the 2013 budget.

Although a bit below the $842,895 budget for 2013, the proposed 2014 budget has minimal changes from the current year. It does call for a slight increase (just less than $8,000) in tax revenues, up from the $415,000 expected to come in during 2013.

However, the township is expecting less state revenue sharing (around $9,000). The primary reason for the different budget amount from this year to next was due to a one-time payment in 2013 on the remaining balance for a firetruck purchased in 2008. Roy said the township will save money on interest in the long run by paying off the truck. The final payment was just more than $107,000.

The board had little public comment Monday during a hearing on the proposed budget, except for a few minor questions from other township officials.

The board unanimously adopted the balanced budget, which is only a proposal as required by the state.

“Our revenues do pretty much cover our whole budget,” Roy said.

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