The second business meeting for October was held on October 16, 2023, at the Charlestown Township Office, 11 General Warren Blvd., Suite 1, Malvern, PA 19355.
Mrs. Csete stated the Township is required to vote each year to provide for the Minimum Pension Plan Obligation in the next year’s budget.
Mr. Kuhn moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the Employee Pension Plan Minimum Municipal obligation form indicating that $7,837.00 is due for 2024. Mr. Philips seconded. Mr. Piliero called for discussion, and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Heleniak said that the County Treasurer’s office notified him that they were ending the current collection agreement on 12/31/23, which was open-ended, and proposing a new five year contract. The new contract calls for a charge of $4.00 per parcel to send out and process the real estate bills. The current contract cost is $1.75 per parcel. Postage for both contracts is included.
He then contacted Berkheimer Associates and Keystone Collections to ask for quotes. Both companies proposed a cost of $1.50 per parcel plus postage. Since Keystone Collections already collects Earned Income Tax and Local Services Tax for the Township, Mr. Heleniak recommended that the Board enter into a new real estate tax agreement with Keystone, which will be ready for consideration at the November 6th meeting.
Mrs. Csete gave an overview of the seven funds, consisting of three operating funds: General Fund, Liquid Fuels Fund, and ARPA (Covid Relief) Fund, two capital funds: General Projects and Open Space Projects, and three Special Review Funds: Transportation Improvements (Act 209), Stormwater Management, and Recreation Fee-in-Lieu.
The Board reviewed the draft budget prepared by the Mrs. Csete and Mr. Heleniak. No tax increase is proposed with the millage rate remaining at .75 mils (3/4 mil).
The following changes were made to the proposed draft budget:
|411.31||East Whiteland Volunteer Fire Association||Increase contribution by 10% from $306,530 to $340,000|
|454.93||Swiss Pines||Reduce expenditures for Swiss Pines from $200,000 to $100,000, to represent just the initial costs before settlement after which time cash reserves from the Bartschi Foundation will be transferred to the Township to be used for this purpose.|
The budget will be revised and re-distributed to the Board prior to the November 6, 2023 Supervisors meeting, at which time Mrs. Csete will be authorized to advertise and post it on the Township website.
A salary worksheet was circulated for discussion with regard to setting pay rates at the January Reorganization meeting.
There was general discussion on the following items:
Mr. Piliero adjourned the meeting at 7:11 p.m. The next Business meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 6, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at the Township Office.