The Williams Township Board of Supervisors authorized the proposed 2013 budget for advertisement during Wednesday night’s meeting by a 2-0 vote. Chairman George Washburn was absent.
The budget features a $27,000 surplus, according to a brief verbal report made by the budget committee, with $1.9 million in revenues and $1.3 million in expenses.
But there is also an undercurrent of coiled menace on the horizon, as the township faces an aging fleet of equipment in the Public Works Department, which includes a new dump truck, with the committee noting the township may be prudent to draw upon their capital reserve fund to address the situation before it deteriorates further.
In other business Wednesday night supervisors did what many people in the audience only wished they could have done: set the wheels in motion to award themselves a pay raise. In a 2-0 vote Vice Chairman Vincent Foglia and Supervisor Sally Hixson gave Township Solicitor Jonathan Reiss the direction to draft an ordinance for advertisement to approve a 33.3 percent hike for the legislators, from $1,875 annually to $2,500 a year.
“It’s a hard job,” commented Foglia.
Designated as a second-class township, Williams has seen its population spike above 5,000 per 2010 census figures, according to Foglia.