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2020 Budget

Budget Process

The Cheltenham Township Budget process starts in August of each year when the Township staff meets at the department level to review and prepare draft department budgets. Once a draft budget is established it is presented to the Board of Commissioners and public during several public meetings. A typical schedule is as follows:

Operating Budget Workshop Meeting: All day workshop in the first week of October starting at 8 a.m.
The Board of Commissioners reviews a draft of the proposed Operating Budget at its Operating Budget Workshop.

Finance Committee Meeting: Second Wednesday of October, 8:00 p.m.
The Finance Committee of the Board of Commissioners receives an overview of Operating Budget Workshop and goes over any items that need addition discussion.

Capital Budget Workshop Meeting: Half day workshop in the last week of October starting at 4 p.m.
The Board of Commissioners reviews a draft of the proposed Capital Budget and any remaining questions on the proposed Operating Budget reviewed at its Operating Budget Workshop earlier in October.

President's Budget Message: First Wednesday of November, 7:30 p.m.
As required by Section C1203 of the Cheltenham Township Home Rule Charter, the President of the Board of Commissioners presents the annual Budget Message to "explain the budget both in fiscal terms and in terms of programs, policies, activities and plans; describe the important features of the budget; indicate any major changes in financial policies, expenditures and revenues from the current year, together with the reasons for such changes; summarize the Township's debt position and include such other material as the Board may request or which the President deems desirable."

Finance Committee Meeting: Second Wednesday of November, 8:00 p.m.

The Township's Finance Committee will summarize discussions on the Budget from the Capital Budget Workshop meeting and consider recommending the Board of Commissioners adopt a Preliminary Budget and advertise a Public Hearing to hear public comment on the proposed Budget at its regularly-scheduled meeting of the Board of Commissioners in December.

Board of Commissioners Meeting: Third Wednesday of November, 7:30 p.m.
The Board of Commissioners will consider adopting a Preliminary Budget and authorize advertisement of a Public Hearing to hear public comment prior to considering adoption of a Final Budget at its regularly-scheduled meeting in December. Adoption of a Preliminary Budget means that budget expenditures may not be increased more than 10% in total or 25% in any individual line item without being advertised and open to the public for inspection for a minimum of 10 days prior to adoption of a Final Budget.

The Preliminary Budget will be made available to the public for inspection before the end of November.

Finance Committee Meeting: Second Wednesday in December, 8:00 p.m.
The Finance Committee will review the Final Budget and consider recommending the Board of Commissioners adopt the Budget at its final meeting of the year.

Board of Commissioners Meeting: Third Wednesday in December, 7:30 p.m.

A Public Hearing will be held to consider public comment on the proposed final budget. At the conclusion of the Public Hearing the Board of Commissioners will consider adoption of the Final Budget.
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