FARMINGTON TWP. - Farmington Township supervisors Nov. 4 gave their tentative approval to a general fund budget and budgets for the township's water and sewerage services all totaling more than $1.3 million.

While there are no tax increases built into the 2021 budget, supervisors did approve a 50-cents per month increase for both the water and sewerage service base fee.

Matt Sherbine, chair of the board of supervisors, said the base fee increases are needed to "stay ahead of things."

Farmington Township anticipates a decrease of $21,249 in state liquid fuels tax revenues in 2021.

General fund

Anticipated income includes $173,000 in earned income tax payments; $151,000 in real estate tax income; $15,200 in state payments in lieu of taxes; $18,298 in state pension aid; $10,000 in state fire relief; $2,500 in fine revenue; $2,000 in Act 13 revenues; and $2,800 in workers compensation insurance rebates.

Total local revenue is estimated at $413,198.

Some anticipated expenditures in 2021 include $209,675 for selected employee, supervisors and other salaries and benefits; $14,000 for fire safety; $21,500 for non-healthcare insurance; $16,000 for township building utilities; and $4,000 for the community park.

Total general fund expenditures are anticipated at $382,503.

State funding

The 2021 state road account anticipates $414,344 in state funding for roads. The township also anticipates $1,300 in interest earnings.

Total state aid is estimated at $205,969.

Anticipated spending from the state fund for various road repair, maintenance and related costs is set at $203,904.

Water service

Farmington Township anticipates $424,200 in water account revenues, including $423,000 in customer user payments; $1,100 in tap-in fees and $100 in bad debt collection.

Water account expenditures for the upcoming year include $154,000 in water purchases from Pennsylvania American Water Co.; $25,950 for water plant operator wages; $10,000 for repairs and maintenance; and $4,500 for utilities.

Total water account expenses are anticipated at $324,386.

Sewerage service

The township anticipates $319,105 in revenues for the sewerage system, including $310,000 in user fees; $6,000 in tap-in fees; $2,900 in interest earnings; and $100 in bad debt collection.

Expenditures for the sewerage account in 2021 include $177,492 for debt service; $70,000 for repairs and maintenance; $35,910 for plant operator wages; $30,000 for utilities; $25,000 for operating supplies; and $15,000 for minor equipment.

Total expenses for the sewerage account are $376,622.

The tentative approval by supervisors Sherbine, David Crise and Chuck Gilbert opens the proposed budget to public review and comment.

Final adoption of the spending plan is expected in December.

In other business, the board of supervisors:

4Approved a set-back requirement variance for a replacement mobile home in the township. Adherence to the requirement would have placed the replacement home over a natural gas line.

4Aprroved a $5,376 contract with Sonntag Excavating of Volant for installation of a drainage pipe in the Farmington Township Fire Hall parking lot. Gilbert abstained from the vote as he has worked with the company in the past.