Birmingham adjusts proposed budget

Birmingham Township supervisors Monday night added another $6,000 to the proposed 2021 budget. The additional expense follows from a request from Good Fellowship Ambulance service.

Chaz Brogan, of Good Fellowship, told the supervisors during their Nov. 2 Zoom meeting that Good Fellowship has a shortfall of $685,448 this year, mostly due to the pandemic. He said ambulance calls are way down. The ambulance service makes its money by billing fees for use. With ambulance calls down, he said, so is their revenue.

"Half of the shortfall is on us," Brogan said, adding that the company will hold fundraisers but wants the 10 municipalities it serves to make up the other half of the shortfall. Birmingham's portion, based on its 2 percent of the territory's population and 2 percent of its ambulance calls, is $6,047.

Brogan also said the ambulance service is considering coming up with a multi-year contract so the municipalities will be able to budget for the service, knowing what to earmark over a five-year period.

The Board will vote on the budget during the supervisors' Dec. 7 meeting. According to township Secretary/Treasurer Quina Nelling, the draft budget anticipates $2.16 million in revenue, including a carry forward from this year — and $1.66 million in expenses.

Other business

Supervisors approved a request from Ann Siemer, of the Recreation and Open Space Committee, for a new sign for Sandy Hollow Park. She told supervisors the current sign at Sandy Hollow has deteriorated over the years and needs to be replaced. She anticipated the cost to be about $1,400.

Supervisors' Chairman Scott Boorse said at the end of the meeting that the township would maintain its current status regarding COVID-19 and hold its Dec. 7 via Zoom.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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