Borough Set to Approve 2023 Budget, No Tax Increases, Spending Cut $900 K
Bristol Borough Council will vote Monday night on a proposed $11.3 million dollar budget that has no tax increases in it for 2023
The budget proposal was released earlier this month, and seeks to keep taxes at 51.3 mills and cuts spending about $900,000 less than the 2022 budget, according to borough documents.
2023 begins with no debt service with the recent sale of the sewer system for $50 million, paid off the owed funds the fiscal plan says.
In 2021, Bristol decreased municipal taxes due to the 2020 sale of the skating rink by 6.5 mills, an 11.2 percent decrease, said Borough officials.
The proposed budget funds a Police Department for 12 full time and 8 part time officers and meets the municipal minimum obligation retirement for retirement funds.
The 2023 budget calls for funding increase for parks and recreation , contributing $145,000 to the Bucks County Rescue Squad, purchasing a $30,000 animal control vehicle, buying a $25,000 code enforcement vehicle.
There will be, according to borough documents spending increases for street lighting due to rising energy and maintenance costs, and spending $106,975 to cover the bond obligation under the 2009 road program.
The Borough also plans raise wages for crossing guards from $12 per hour to $15 per hour as a way to attract new ones, officials said in September when schools reopened.
Crossing guard costs are split 50-50 by the borough and school district, although they are overseen by the Police Department.
“The last pay increase for the school district crossing guards was before 2004,” Borough Manager Jim Dillon said in September.
Bristol is still seeking part time Crossing Guard candidates, according to its website.
You can view the proposed budget by clicking here
Council will vote to approve the new spending plan at tonight’s Council meeting