Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

January 15, 2013

Brownsburg books in the black

Bart Doan
CNHI

BROWNSBURG — Town officials here were able to underspend their 2012 budget by 7.6 percent, allowing for an extra $1.4 million going into 2013 through the general, water, sewer, and storm water funds.

Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz said that since he reviews the budget on a monthly basis, he could see the savings coming, but it was still a pleasant surprise.

“For example, in our sewer fund, we had a lot more connections than we expected and the availability fees came in higher than we expected,” he said. “Same with the water. Storm water we were under the projected revenues that should come in from the east annexation, and in the general fund, the biggest thing was the county option income tax.”

He said altogether the town received an additional $1.1 million in revenues than was expected.

Kleinhenz said town officials already have plans for the funds.

“Two examples come to mind right off the bat,” he said. “For a long time we’ve been fighting the battle with mosquitoes and sometimes we do well, and sometimes we don’t. We typically focus on larvae sites. That’s the most effective way, killing them in the embryonic stage. We decided we wanted to use a fog machine that drives around the community, wooded areas, alleyways, wooded areas in subdivisions, killing the adult mosquitoes. That was a $6,000 purchase that we had not budgeted for.”

The mosquito machine requires licensure for all of the employees who use it and will be rolled out in 2013.

He also said that funds derived from last year’s mild winter and the lack of necessary topical spreading to deal with snow and ice also helped them save money.

“What we did with some of that funding, we put into vehicles, bought new plows to cover our area,” he said. “It also allowed the police department to buy a new vehicle. So those are examples of what we try to do. We don’t try to spend it frivolously.

“We at the town try to make sure we’re aware every month what we’re spending, receiving, and how we prepare our goals. I don’t want to wait to cut if I need to until November or December. I’d rather do it in July or August or when I become aware of it. That’s how we manage our budgets. A lot of communities don’t do it that way, but we try.”