Budget Message - 2011 Proposed Budget

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The 2011 Proposed Budget is available for review at all six Township libraries as well as the Township Administration Building. The Budget Message below contains the Township Manager's introductory remarks on the Proposed Budget. There is also an abridged Citizens' Summary.

2011 Budget Message

November 5, 2010

President and Members of the Board of Commissioners
Township of Lower Merion, Pennsylvania

Contained herein is the Township Manager’s Proposed 2011 Budget.

The preparation of the recommended annual operating budget is one of the single most important responsibilities of the Township Manager, and is required by the Township Code to be submitted no later than November 15th each year.

For the first time, this document – and the accompanying Proposed 2011-2016 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) – have been concurrently placed upon the Township’s website. Budgets in recent years have been placed on our website, but not at the publishing date.

It is our continuing goal to produce excellence in budgeting, witnessed by our 21-consecutive awards by the Government Finance Officers Association – the longest such streak awards of any municipality in Pennsylvania. These high standards of financial reporting are well displayed throughout this document.

The budget document is our proposed business plan for the fiscal (calendar) year 2011, outlining the priorities and financial resources believed to be necessary in order to carry out the Township Board of Commissioners’ budgetary mission statement (adopted in 1992) of maintaining and enhancing the highest possible level of public service delivery and quality of life for the Lower Merion community.

On behalf of my outstanding staff, it is with honor and respect that I deliver my Proposed 2011 Budget and the Proposed Six-Year 2011–2016 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

Douglas S. Cleland
Township Manager

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