Preliminary Baldwin Boro Budget Shows $1M+ Shortfall

'Our revenues just aren't growing at the same pace as our expenditures.' - borough Manager John Barrett

The Council reviewed the first draft of Baldwin's 2013 general fund budget at its meeting on Tuesday night, and things don't look rosy.

"Our revenues just aren't growing at the same pace as our expenditures," borough Manager John Barrett said as he explained how his administration's first draft results in a $1,059,742 shortfall.

Barrett said that the borough's two biggest expenditures, as they are almost every year, are health care and employee pension costs, while the borough's biggest revenue-producer, as it is every year, is real estate taxes.

Barrett said that borough officials can take some steps to address the budget shortfall, such as switching health care providers, assuming less fund balance at year's end, adjusting tax bill mailing dates and transferring control of the Lafferty Center to the .

Among other expenses in the 2013 budget that could be challenged by members of the Baldwin Council are a $750,000 road paving program and $40,000 in costs related to the possible demolition of five unsafe structures in the borough.

The council will hold a special budget meeting (public) on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the .


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henry September 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM
why doesnt the boro make baldwin ems pay for their own fuel. they make millions each year and they still get free fuel from the boro! plus they run calls in west mifflin and whitaker with baldwins fuel.
cc September 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM
NE12Ukid no really think you should back away from the keyboard your rosetta stone isn't working
cc September 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM
All EMS's cross over and help each other borough and township out. Castle Shannon comes into Whitehall. In an emergency situation, if the EMS truck is being used by someone who is having a heart attack and in route to the hospital, wouldn't you want West Miffln EMS to pick you up instead of waiting till the Baldwin one drops the person off at the hospital and then has to come and get you.
Billee September 14, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Make a return investment in a community centered flag pole. (large area). At dusk have a closing flag ceremony with a twenty-one gun solute as a community tribute to our military instead of costly fire works. I think remembering the reason why we are here and are a community is more important than watching the beautiful sprays of light that unfortunately pollute our environment. I think our veterans would feel honored and appreciated to volunteer their service to perform the ceremony if permitted to do so by military standards and or regulations if the idea was carried out by Baldwin Boro. I'm also with CC.. I'm not an English major so please adjust accordingly to any errors this day and moving FORWARD... and no CC I was not speaking for you... just agreeing with you. :)
cc September 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
NE12Ukid your not worth it kid.


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