Forming a budget during a recession is difficult. Families know this, as do government leaders. Meridian Township leaders are fully aware, as well. Cuts to various positions and certain services were the main focus to balance the budget in 2010, 2011 and will likely be the case for the 2012 fiscal year. The elimination of school resource officials and the central fire stations are likely on the horizon for the township; in next year’s budget. Outsourcing of payroll functions and the elimination of Senior Celebration Week were some ways the budget was balanced for this fiscal year. Reducing the number of vehicles based on age is another way the budget was balanced for 2011.