This is the Excel document used to work on the Borough’s upcoming budget. You can adjust the Property Tax rate on the Main Page to adjust expected revenues. Under the “Paving” tab, you can select which road projects to add into the budget for 2021, while also choosing whether to replace brick streets with brick or asphalt. Those selections will be added to the “Capital Improvements” tab in the “Paving” row. It is expected that the 2020 Paving program, delayed because of COVID-19, will be implemented in 2021. Additions could, however, be made. In that same tab, you can select from a number of capital improvement projects under consideration. Individual departments have their own tabs to look at personnel costs and decisions. The spreadsheet is made for touchscreen devices, so you can look at budget options from any mobile device that can open an Excel file, or from a laptop/desktop computer.
Future budget forecasting makes a number of assumptions, such as employee wage growth based on contracts, 6% growth in healthcare expenses, and 2% growth in utility costs. There is no guarantee that these assumptions will hold, but they help to provide an early view of our future budgets. Revenue and expense memos will be added when all outside information has been received to highlight any changes from prior years.
I hope that this will help residents understand the Borough budget a little better, but I am aware that it can be very overwhelming. If, after going through the various documents, you have questions, please let me know and I will do my best to answer. You can also join me for two Zoom webinars to be held on September 25th and 26th (check the calendar for links).