Public Safety, Road Repairs Highlight Proposed 2022 Budget

Budget (website)

Enhancing public safety services and improving roads are the focus of the Township’s proposed 2022 general fund budget.

The Township Board of Trustees held a public hearing Sept. 13 to field questions from the community as it continues to work toward finalizing the budget by November.

The proposed budget could see increases to public safety by adding six additional full-time firefighters if the Township is awarded a grant from the federal government’s SAFER program. If the Township is not awarded the grant, additional staff will not be added and the budget will be amended to reflect this change.

The Township is once again budgeting $750,000 in street repairs next year to enhance travel within the Township as part of its three-year road repair plan. The funds will be matched by the Kent County Road Commission for a total of $1.5 million to repair, resurface or replace local roads in the Township.

Additionally, the general fund includes funding for contract services with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, parks operations, building and ground services and general administrative services, among others.

The Township will hold its second budget workshop Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Board Room at Township Hall to review the budget for the water and sewer funds.

For more information and to view the 2022 proposed budget, click here.