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On April 28, the Colonial Beach Town Council decided to go through the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget line by line, to see where they could make cuts. After five hours on Monday, both Councilwomen Linda Brubaker and Wanda Goforth they had not accomplished a thing.
However, during the meeting, in an attempt to cut spending, the council discussed pulling $5,000 worth of funding set aside for the CB Chamber of Commerce to help with expenses for the Jet Ski Races.
The council discussed moving money from line item 11010-518 “Council Contingency Funds”. The end result of discussions instructed Town Staff to reduce a $5,000 support slated for the Jet Ski Races to $3,000; add an additional $2,000 to Tourism; and provide an extra $10,000 to the CB Volunteer Fire Department’s (CBVFD’s) yearly funding for next year.
Council will still fund the 2014 Jet Ski Races this July at the $5,000 level, from the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget as passed in Resolution #30-14 on April 10, 2014, with a five-to-one vote in favor of the funding. Since it began in 2010, Council has funded the Jet Ski Races every year in the amount of $5,000.
However, in light of potential tax increases to citizens for the upcoming fiscal year, the council felt that some of the money would be better spent on tourism. The extra funding for CBVFD is the council’s attempt to increase the Town’s contribution to the fire department each year until it reaches funding similar to that of Westmoreland County.
On the morning of April 23, during one of the many recent budget meetings, Dana Reed, CBVFD Deputy Chief, appealed to the CB Town Council to increase funding by $10,000 a year until funding from the Town reaches $100,000 a year. Westmoreland County currently funds CBVFD $115,000 yearly.
Reed said they had asked Council for the increase, but did not receive it. Reed warned that if funding, which is currently $42,000 from the Town, doesn’t increase, then the level of service may drop, and insurance rates will increase drastically for residents of the Town. “We cannot operate where we are and continue to deliver the level of service that we do now. That is just the fact.”
According to Reed, CBVFD needs extra funding so they can plan for big purchases without having to come to the council each year for extra funding. Currently, their budget does not allow for capital improvements or purchasing replacement equipment.
Reed also notified Council of roof leaks at the firehouse. The current roof was constructed in 1993, and has lasted 25 years as was estimated. But it is now leaking and needs a $35,000 repair. The council is also working to help fund the repairs for the CBVFD’s roof.