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Episode 5 Primary Operating Expenditures
Safety & Sanitation
In all the Municipalities I studied the largest expenditure accounts are Safety and Sanitation. This is not surprising since these are the two most important services provided by the Municipal Government. These are services that individual property owners cannot economically provide for themselves. Safety is always the most costly because of its importance and the requirement to provide safety on a 24 hours a day 7 day week schedule.
As noted in Episode 4, revenues increased about 53% over the period from 2001 to 2008. For the period 2001 to 2008 Ridley Park expenditures for Safety, which includes Police, Fire and Planning and Zoning, increased 70% and Sanitation Expenditures, which includes trash and sewer, increased 90%. Since there are several other accounts to deal with, these comparisons are of concern but they do not relate to each other on a one to one basis.
The Safety expenditure of $3,068,386 in 2007 reflects the impact of the new police station on expenditures.
Shown below are the graphic representations of the growth in our most important accounts - Safety expenditures and Sanitation expenditures.
Charts will be updated for 2009 when Auditors' report is released in April 2010.