MUNSTER | Town Council members heard the first reading recently of the town's nearly $20 million 2014 budget.
Those numbers may be on the high side, according to one official.
“Because the final, certified budget can never be higher than what was advertised, the budget estimates we advertised for 2014 are purposely overstated,” said David F. Shafer, Munster clerk-treasurer. “It serves our citizens no useful purpose to underestimate the budget and risk curtailment of essential services.
“However, it is anticipated that the final, certified budget will be less than what will be adopted, and the Town Council is ultimately responsible for finding that balance between providing adequate service and not exceeding statutory spending limits."
A required public hearing on the 2014 town budget at the Oct. 14 council meeting drew no comments. The council is slated to adopt the budget at its Oct. 28 meeting.
In other business, the council awarded Gary's P & C Trucking Enterprises Inc. the contract for hauling leaves collected in Munster to the Lake County Solid Waste Management District leaf compost facility in Gary. Three bids were received, and P & C Trucking was the lowest, responsible bidder, said Clay Johnson, assistant town manager.