Jenkintown Borough Budget Here

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Can Jenkintown afford its own sidewalks?

Borough Council has repeatedly made the claim that property taxes, already too high by many measures, would only have to go higher if we expected them to pay for the work. I have my doubts, so naturally the first place we need to look is in the budget.

For some reason, Jenkintown Borough only posts a summary of its budget on its website. I asked Council about this at the last meeting, but neither it nor manager George Locke had a clear answer for why they do this. A PDF of the full budget is only 387 kilobytes large, hardly big enough to break anyone’s server. They actually create more work for themselves by posting just one page extracted from a 38 page document.

Good to his word, Mr. Locke sent me the PDF via email, and as a public service, I am posting it here for you. The document appears to come directly from an Excel spreadsheet, and provides no details on what, for instance, the projected $25,000 software disbursement — a 500% increase over the previous year — gets  us.

After a quick analysis, a few things jump out. The Borough seems to end every year in surplus, with the money applied to the next fiscal year. It maintains a sizable contingency fund, though it doesn’t specify what constitutes a contingency. Also, debt service will rise this year because the Borough plans to borrow more money.

I welcome comments and other analysis from readers as I try to determine the veracity of Council’s assertion that they’d have to raise taxes to properly do their work themselves.

Jenkintown Final Budget 2015

Borough Council Meeting Tonight

Jenkintown Borough Council is scheduled to meet tonight. I plan on attending and reading a prepared statement about our sidewalks.

I would encourage you to attend, especially if you sympathetic to this cause.

I will post this statement later this evening, after the completion of the meeting.

Please spread this flyer around

I just distributed this flyer to all my neighbors along the stretch of Runnymede that borough plans to reconstruct, but this issue applies to the entire borough. Indeed, it applies to the whole state.

Please download, print, and distribute to your neighbors as well. Thanks for your support!

Please click to download a PDF of this file.

Thanks for visiting

If you have just received a copy of the letter I have begun to distribute to the neighborhood, please first visit this link which goes into greater detail explaining why I believe this law must be changed.

Please leave your comments at the end. Thank you.