EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville Township Supervisor Frank Miles announced the township’s trustees approved the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget and appropriation ordinance with an overall 11 percent reduction compared to the previous fiscal year.
“This budget outlines spending for the town fund, IMRF fund, Social Security fund, GA fund and the capital development fund, which was recommended two years ago by the township’s Financial Services Committee,” Miles said.
The general town fund budget includes $198,510 to operate the Assessor’s Office and $167,750 for the operation of Township Park, including the salaries of park maintenance staff and equipment and building maintenance and development. The budget also includes elected officials’ salaries, most of which have been reduced by half; office salaries, health insurance, general insurance — liability, unemployment and workers’ compensation; equipment maintenance and improvement, and community projects in the park and elsewhere.
“We were able to reduce the appropriations for the general town fund by 15 percent overall,” Miles said. “These reductions were realized by sharing services with our road district and renegotiating our current insurance contracts.”
“Per the financial reserve policy, we are transferring $60,000 from the town fund to the capital development fund for the purpose of specific capital improvement projects,” Miles said. “We anticipate spending nearly all of this fund for park capital improvements, including the renovation of Restroom 2 and the A7 Corsair on display in the park. We must also continue our Americans with Disability Act improvements, which include concrete sidewalks.”
The Township’s IMRF fund, or retirement fund, is the township’s contribution to the employee and official pension program. The trustees, supervisor, highway commissioner and clerk do not receive pension benefits and aren’t covered under any other benefit program.
“The supervisor has sole responsibility to manage the township’s general assistance fund,” Miles said. “This fund includes the monetary assistance given to recipients and administration of the general assistance and emergency assistance programs. The township has established partnerships and relationships with area agencies and churches to increase the awareness of the general assistance program and has reached more residents that may qualify. Because of this outreach, we have had to increase this budget by 3 percent.
“I am extremely pleased to present this board with a budget that reduces the township’s spending by 11 percent,” Miles said. “The execution of the programs and services this budget supports is extremely critical to the residents that rely on the township.”
Edwardsville Township includes the city of Edwardsville, village of Glen Carbon and unincorporated areas outside of these two municipalities. The Township Supervisor’s office is at 300 W. Park in Edwardsville and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
For information, visit edwardsvilletownship.com or call the township at (618) 656-0292.