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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Finance Committee
Minutes

May 3, 2010

Present: Joe Bartley, Janet English, Ellen Lustgarten, Craig Totaro
Visitors: Laura Martin

Lansdowne Library Director, Laura Martin, presented the Committee information regarding library staff positions, longevity and salaries. The Committee will be reviewing this information to determine recommendations for changes.

Ms. Lustgarten presented a report of departmental revenue and expense per the 2010 budget and a suggested methodology for determining indirect expenses incurred by each of the departments. The Committee’s goal is to determine total actual expenses for each department to provide a context in which to evaluate current revenues. In conjunction with this report, the Committee reviewed information from the Codes Department regarding recommended increases to permit fees, contractor registration fees, rental inspection fees and certificates of appropriateness.

Mr. Bartley provided data to the Committee regarding the repair costs for the Sanitation truck that the Public Works Director is requesting be replaced. The Committee requested further information regarding the truck’s usage.

The Committee reviewed the current rental fee schedule for the 20th Century Club which has not been updated since 2007. Staff will work on updating the fee schedule and present recommendations at the June Finance Committee meeting.

Ms. Lustgarten presented a status report of the Borough’s first quarter revenues and expenses. Tax collections are being received much earlier than in prior years. The Committee will meet with a representative from Portnoff & Associates to discuss the firm taking on the collections of prior year taxes in lieu of the County.

The Committee reviewed a Tax Overpayment report prepared by the Tax Collector. The Committee is recommending to the full Council that only overpayments and underpayments in excess of $25 be addressed through refunds or collections.

The Committee will be recommending to Council that the Borough again contribute $2,000 to the Senior Center in 2010.

The quarterly Police Pension Meeting will be held immediately prior to the next Finance Committee meeting at 6:00 on June 7, 2010.

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