Confusion brings resolution

Budget review

Bath Township’s board members were caught by surprise during their board meeting March 17 when Aaron Stevens, CPA for Abraham and Gaffney accounting firm, presented the 2013 unaudited budget to the board revealing the township’s budget was $720,822 “in the red.”

Stevens mentioned that certain revenue and expenditure line items would be adjusted during the actual audit, although the budget will “probably not” end in the black. Trustee Ryan Fewins-Bliss believes final audited numbers will be “pretty darn close” to the unaudited ones. It was evident during the board meeting that it was unclear why the budget was $700,000 over or who should be held responsible. “No one was keeping track of the checkbook,” said trustee Cindy Cronk. “No one wants to answer why this happened.”

The confusion and passing of blame had some local citizens concerned about how the township’s budget was being handled.