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Ferguson Township Report Breaks Down Costs for Services

by on February 04, 2014 3:25 PM

Ferguson Township recently released its 2014 Budget Executive Summary, a new publication intended to educate residents about the township's revenues, expenditures and goals.

Dave Pribulka, Ferguson Township assistant manager, says the idea is to provide relevant information to residents in an easy-to-follow format.

"It's part of an overall campaign that we've had over the last year ... to be more engaging with residents. To make documents and press releases and any type of communication, to make it a little bit more digestible. Something that's a little bit more useful to a resident," says Pribulka.

Included in the report is a breakdown of cost-per-resident for the services the township provides.

For example, the total 2014 public safety budget per resident is $158.72 and the township will spend $365,325 on Schlow Centre Region Library, or $20.85 per resident.

"If there's one take away that folks get from the executive summary it's that their hard earned money is being spent in a calculated manner, it's being used in a calculated way that's targeted at improving the services that are provided by the township and to improve the quality of life in the township and the community as a whole," says Pribulka.

Pribulka says residents are encouraged to provide officials with feedback in terms of what they found useful in the report and what they'd like to see included in future reports. Residents can do so by contacting Community Communications Coordinator Ronda Reid at 814-238-4651.

Ferguson Township has roughly 17,700 residents.

Residents can view the report HERE. Residents can also pick up a printed copy of the report at the Ferguson Township Building at 3147 Research Drive.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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