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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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cc September 13, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Wonder how much the Borough is forking out for gas for all of the vehicles of the Borough. Gas has more than doubled since obama been in office.
Mark Archer September 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
High gas prices are not completely Obama's fault. He was left with a mess.
Lynda Ihrig September 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Why do people always have to include the words "since Obama's been in office" after everything as if the President has control over every price change and business decision made in this country. Regardless of who is/was President, gas prices have been fluctuating wildly for the past 10+ years. I think throwing jabs at the current President instead of cultivating a discussion about how our borough can save money is counterproductive and causes many comment feeds to go wildly astray of the subject at hand.
Lynda Ihrig September 13, 2012 at 03:57 PM
See, we are already off subject....
Robert Edward Healy, III September 13, 2012 at 04:05 PM
As Lynda says, please stay on-topic.
bd September 13, 2012 at 04:09 PM
cc - Didn't you hear? It's the "New Norm." If a Republican was in office, all Hell would have broken loose by now. Remember when the rise in gas prices was blamed on Bush and Cheney and their supposed ties to their Saudi friends? Now, all is silent on the rise of gas prices that primarily is due in part to this administration's war on domestic oil production, oil pipeline transport and storage, and coal.
bd September 13, 2012 at 04:12 PM
As was Reagan when he took over from inept Carter. The difference is that Reagan changed policies that resulted in an economic boom. All Obama did was lay blame on someone else.
cc September 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM
bd totally agree with you. In the 8 years Bush/Chaney was in office gas peaked at over $3 but was 1.80 or less when he left office. Since the mighty one been in office everything has doubled and tripled in price but were not allowed to blame the almighty one for anything. Since obama been in office their are more people collecting welfare, food stamps because of the economy that obama has destroyed but were not allowed to blame him
cc September 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM
It is obama's fault. he has done nothing but spent trillions. Look at the mess that Clinton left for Bush. We didn't hear every day it was Clinton's fault. Bush fixed the Economy and obama destroyed it. Sorry but I was better off when Bush was in office. Guess the ones that are collecting welfare are better off now.
Mark Archer September 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Your must be joking. Clinton did not leave a mess. We had a surplus, people were working. Obama is no Clinton, but is was Bush who destroyed the economy. Obama has not done a great job, but it isn't all his fault.
Baldwin concerned September 13, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I don't think 1 million dollars of gas is being used by the borough.
cc September 13, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Bob as a business owner who tries to stick to a budget, the Economy does play a big roll in trying to stick to a budget and not go over. A example is allowing 50,000 a year for gas for vehicles of the borough. The money you have budgeted is gone in July, what do you do the rest of the year, give the police force and maintenance 10 speed bikes so that they can do their jobs. When gas prices goes up everything else goes up. Last month they could of paid 50 for a case of paper, this month it is costing them 80. You try to budget for the unexpected but in the last 4 years it is impossible to do.
cc September 13, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Baldwin concerned, I know they aren't using a million in gas a year but was using those numbers as an example. We have company cars at my business and 3 1/2 years ago it use to cost 33 to fill up a 18 gallon tank Three and a half years later it is now costing 70 to fill up the same 18 gallon tank. Gas has more than doubled in 3 1/2 years and how do you set a budget for next year for gas, utilities and everything else it cost to run a borough. You hope you leave enough money in your budget so everything balances, but in the last 3 years we were short on the money that we had set for a budget. When a borough goes over on their budget the first thing the do is raise taxes so they can try to make ends meet at the end of the year.
Mark Archer September 13, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I agree gas prices are high. It concerns everybody. My point is there is plenty of blame to go around. Obama is not entirely to blame. Things were not that good 4 years ago either.
cc September 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
For a business owner things were better when Bush was in office. We do profit sharing at my company and the employees were averaging about 5,000 a year extra 4 years ago. This years profit sharing is less than 1,000 per employee now. We took on more work and hired 3 more employees over the last year but it is the fact that everything is going up in price that is eating into profit sharing.
NE12Ukid September 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM
cc says again: In the 8 years Bush/Chaney was in office gas peaked at over $3 but was 1.80 or less when he left office. " ````````````````````````` Correcting this erroneous stuff again: It’s true that in January 2009, when Obama was sworn into office, the average price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. was artificially low due to the recession we (and much of the rest of the world) were living through at that time. What cc conveniently neglects to say is that in the summer of 2008, the price of a gallon of gas peaked at $4.11. Yeah, that's OVER $3, cc, WAY over.
jjtss September 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Where the hell has all of the casino money gone? and who's pockets are bigger? Forget gasoline, make everything run on natural gas and it will cost pennies to fill up your tank. GO RANGE RESOURCES. Come on use common sense. Put the ones that are on welfare to cleaning the streets and fixing our roads. This should be free since we already pay them not to work.
64grad September 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM
How come two democratic Boro's (Baldwin and Brentwood) are falling apart and Our Republican neighbors Bethel Park and Whitehall are working things out OK! When you keep the same people (or should I say Party in there for years) nothing will get done! Just look at Barack O'Carter! :64grad
cc September 14, 2012 at 01:04 AM
NE12Ukid if you would go read my back post you would see when i said it spiked for 6 weeks when Bush was in office. After the 6 weeks gas was back down in price. Tell me one time over the last 3 1/2 years that gas dropped less to 2.00 a gallon. You can't, figuressssssssssssss you might believe obama is the greatest thing but to business owners he is hurting us. Then again you only read what you want, I bet you want to Rosetta Stone®. Gas has been on a u
cc September 14, 2012 at 01:07 AM
jjts I agree but there is more people collecting welfare then when bush was in office. don't forget obama alone destroyed the bill that Clinton put in place about collecting welfare for a limited time. Now generations of wefare will be back collecting as they don't want to work. Look at obama's aunt that is in our country illegally but nothing has been done to get her out.
cc September 14, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Because it is actually the Republicans are for the working people and they want to run things smoothly and obama is just out for himself.
Lynda Ihrig September 14, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Ah...just as I suspected...it is now almost 12 hours since the first comment posted to Bob article and not one post has offered a suggestion as to how the borough can save money and balance it's budget....it is no wonder things aren't getting done...everyone is too busy pointing fingers at each other. Instead of wasting energy thinking of more ways to lay blame, try puttting it to good use and think of ideas that could help! Good Night!
NE12Ukid September 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM
From the looks of that last post, you really should back away from the keyboard.
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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