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City of Reading

Department Budget Summaries


January 2018

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Table of Contents

Introduction 

        Page 

 
Office of the Mayor 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
City Council 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
City Auditor 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Managing 

Director 

       6 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE 

SERVICES 

      7

 

 

 

Director’s Office  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounting 

Fiscal 

Management 

    9 

 

 

Citizens 

Service 

Center 

      10 

 

 

Human Resources 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 

 

 

Information 

Technology 

      12 

 

 

Purchasing 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

Administration   

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 

 

Garage  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 

 

Highways 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 

 

Parks   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 

 

Public Property   

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 

 

Recreation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 

 

 

Traffic 

Engineering 

      21 

 

POLICE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 

 

 

Administration   

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 

 

 

Criminal 

Investigation 

      24 

 

 

Patrol   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 

 

 

Special 

Services       26 

 

FIRE 

AND 

RESCUE 

SERVICES      27 

 

 

Administration   

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 

 

 Emergency 

Medical 

Services 

     29 

 

Prevention 

Education 

      30 

 

 Suppression 

       31 

 

 

Training 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32 

 

 

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COMMUNITY 

DEVELOPMENT 

      33 

 

 

Administration   

 

 

 

 

 

 

34 

 

 Building 

Trades 

      35 

 

Property 

Maintenance 

      36 

 

 

Zoning   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

37 

 
Law 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38 

 
Reading 

Public 

Library 

       39 

 
Non-Departmental 

       40 

 
Board 

of 

Ethics 

        41 

 
Human Relations 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42 

 
 

 



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Introduction

Department Budget Summaries 

Page 1

 

Reading’s City government is critical to everyone who lives in, works in, owns property in 
or visits this southeastern Pennsylvania city of 88,000 people. Reading is the largest 
municipality in Berks County by population and it is the seat of the County government, 
So Reading’s government also impacts hundreds of thousands of people who live in the 
surrounding communities. 
 
This document, along with the companion “Budget Guide,” will help you understand the 
most important policy that City officials enact each year – City government’s annual 
budget.  
 
The budget and related ordinances provide the legal authority for City government to 
collect money from taxpayers, businesses and visitors and then spend that money on 
municipal services, like police patrol, fire suppression and street cleaning. The annual 
budget is a blueprint for how City government plans to use its resources each year.  It’s 
also a measuring stick that City officials and others will use to monitor how actual financial 
performance compares to projected performance. 
 
We recommend that you first read the Budget Guide to get an understanding what the 
budget is, how it is assembled and what it means. That Guide will also help you 
understand your role in the process – how the taxes and fees you pay support City 
government which in turn provides municipal services to you.  
 
The Department Budget Summaries collected here show how City government plans to 
spend money within each of its departments and divisions this year. For each department 
or division, the Summary shows the actual spending for 2016, the City’s 2017 budget and 
the City’s 2018 budget. 
 
The budget organizes “expenditures” based on which unit of City government will spend 
the money and what items or services they will purchase.  The major expenditure 
categories are: 
 

 

Salaries

 for full-time employees in that department or division 

 

 

Pension: 

City government’s share of the annual contribution to the employee 

pension plans for the employees in that department  

 

 

Fringe benefits: 

City government’s share of the cost of health and life insurance 

for current and retired employees in that department, including prescription drug, 
dental and vision coverage 

 

 

Overtime

 paid to employees according to their union’s collective bargaining 

agreement with City government 

 

 

Premium pay 

to employees for working holidays or additional tenure based 

longevity payments 

 

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Introduction

Department Budget Summaries 

Page 2

 

 

Other personnel 

related expenditures, such as the City’s share of federal payroll 

taxes and wages paid to part-time and seasonal employees 

 

 

Utilities, supplies and maintenance 

expenditures including the City’s spending 

on street lighting, telephones, light and power and vehicle fuel 

 

 

Contracted services

 covering many of the arrangements where the City pays 

another organization to provide service under a contractual agreement 

 

 

Other expenditures 

which is catch-all category for any items not counted in the 

other categories 

 

City government budgets some items, like debt repayment and interfund transfers, 
outside the departments. Non-departmental expenditures are listed separately.  The City 
uses its General Fund to manage most of its spending, except for utility like activities (i.e. 
water, wastewater, trash). The graph below shows the City’s General Fund budget by 
category across all departments in 2018. 
 

General Fund Expenditures by Category 

 

 

Salaries

29%

Pension

18%

Fringe Benefits

17%

Overtime

3%

Premium Pay

1%

Other Personnel

3%

Debt Service

13%

Utilities, Supplies 

& Maintenance

5%

Contracted 

Services

4%

Other (including 

IT support)

4%

Contingency

0%

Transfers

3%

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

198,433

213,600

225,850

12,250

5.7%

Pension

20,815

44,120

49,090

4,970

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

28,328

84,910

89,200

4,290

5.1%

Other Personnel

15,180

16,350

17,280

930

5.7%

Personnel subtotal

$262,755

$358,980

$381,420

$22,440

6.3%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

12,460

12,643

9,590

(3,053)

-24.1%

Contracted Services

0

0

2,000

2,000

N/A

Other (including IT support)

12,624

58,450

20,290

(38,160)

-65.3%

Non-personnel subtotal

$25,084

$71,093

$31,880

($39,213)

-55.2%

Office of the Mayor

$287,840

$430,073

$413,300

($16,773)

-3.9%

$92,264,220

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

4

4

4

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

1

0

0

0

N/A

Office of the Mayor

The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the City. The executive, administrative, and law enforcement powers of the 
City are vested in the Mayor pursuant to the City's Home Rule Charter. Elected every four years, the Mayor is 
responsible for enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the ordinances of the City of Reading. 
The Mayor has the power to appoint all department directors, with the confirmation of City Council. The Mayor's Office 
works in conjunction with the Office of the Managing Director in the administration of government affairs and operations. 
The Mayor's Office also coordinates with other departments as needed.

Apparent spending growth in 2017 is mostly due to the City restoring funding for two positions in the Mayor's Office. The 
City eliminated funding for one of the two Special Assistant positions in the 2015 budget and then did the so again in the 
original version of the 2016 budget. The City restored the funding for these positions in 2017.

Office of the 

Mayor 

($413,300)

0.4%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

Salaries

$225,850 

Pension
$49,090 

Fringe Benefits

$89,200 

Other Personnel

$17,280 

Utilities, Supplies & 

Maintenance

$9,590 

Contracted Services

$2,000 

Other (including IT 

support)
$20,290 

2018 Budget by Category

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Department Budget Summaries

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

149,163

145,655

158,800

13,145

9.0%

Pension

31,222

33,090

36,820

3,730

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

39,302

63,680

66,900

3,220

5.1%

Other Personnel

46,323

49,360

50,370

1,010

2.0%

Personnel subtotal

$266,010

$291,785

$312,890

$21,105

7.2%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

32,901

41,130

32,210

(8,920)

-21.7%

Other (including IT support)

75,696

97,545

162,050

64,505

66.1%

Non-personnel subtotal

$108,597

$138,675

$194,260

$55,585

40.1%

City Council

$374,608

$430,460

$507,150

$76,690

17.8%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,170,370

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

3

3

3

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

7

7

7

0

0.0%

City Council

City Council is empowered by Reading's Home Rule Charter to legislate through the passage of ordinances and 
resolutions. Council may also review all aspects of City government and call for investigations or independent audits of 
City operations or finances. As part of its review process, Council has four oversight committees: Finance, Audit and 
Budget; Nominations and Appointments; Strategic Planning; and Standards of Living. Council President is an ad hoc 
member of all committees.

The spending growth for 2018 is because Council has a larger contribution for information technology support. The City 
charges the IT Division's costs to the departments that use its services.

Salaries

$158,800 

Pension
$36,820 

Fringe Benefits

$66,900 

Other 

Personnel

$50,370 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$32,210 

Other 

(including IT 

support)

$162,050 

2018 Budget by Category

City Council 

($507,150)

0.5%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

73,969

105,600

106,560

960

0.9%

Pension

20,815

22,060

24,560

2,500

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

10,366

42,460

44,600

2,140

5.0%

Other Personnel

5,659

8,080

8,160

80

1.0%

Personnel subtotal

$110,808

$178,200

$183,880

$5,680

3.2%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

4,187

3,704

4,130

426

11.5%

Other (including IT support)

3,431

10,668

7,460

(3,208)

-30.1%

Non-personnel subtotal

$7,618

$14,372

$11,590

($2,782)

-19.4%

City Auditor

$118,427

$192,572

$195,470

$2,898

1.5%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,482,050

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

2

2

2

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

City Auditor

The Home Rule Charter establishes an elected City Auditor position to oversee City government's finances independent 
of the executive and legislative branches. The City Auditor conducts performance and financial reviews that provide 
insight into City operations and make recommendations for improving efficiency and effectiveness.

Salaries

$106,560 

Pension
$24,560 

Fringe Benefits

$44,600 

Other Personnel

$8,160 

Utilities, Supplies 

& Maintenance

$4,130 

Other (including IT 

support)

$7,460 

2018 Budget by Category

City Auditor 

($195,470)

0.2%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Not labeled: Other Personnel ($12,860); Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance ($9,570)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

191,672

151,350

168,060

16,710

11.0%

Pension

31,222

22,060

24,560

2,500

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

61,002

42,460

44,600

2,140

5.0%

Other Personnel

15,245

11,580

12,860

1,280

11.1%

Personnel subtotal

$299,140

$227,450

$250,080

$22,630

9.9%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

10,183

9,930

9,570

(360)

-3.6%

Contracted Services

4,132

3,000

0

(3,000)

-100.0%

Other (including IT support)

47,091

56,913

63,910

6,997

12.3%

Contingency

0

181,646

160,594

(21,052)

-11.6%

Non-personnel subtotal

$61,406

$251,489

$234,074

($17,415)

-6.9%

Managing Director

$360,546

$478,939

$484,154

$5,215

1.1%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,193,366

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

3

2

2

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Managing Director

Appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council, the Managing Director serves as the Chief Administrative 
Officer of City government and enforces the provisions of the City Charter and all ordinances, resolutions and motions 
of City Council. The Managing Director supervises the five primary operating departments -- Administrative Services, 
Community Development, Fire, Police and Public Works.

The $160,594 contingency provides a very small buffer to use in case there are unanticipated expenditures needed 
during the year.

Salaries

$168,060 

Pension
$24,560 

Fringe Benefits

$44,600 

Other 

(including IT 

support)
$63,910 

Contingency

$160,594 

2018 Budget by Category

Managing 

Director 

($484,154)

0.5%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled:  Overtime ($1,020); Premium Pay ($2,310)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

8,131)

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

1,662,594

1,758,021

1,597,290

(160,731)

-9.1%

Pension

364,260

386,040

417,330

31,290

8.1%

Fringe Benefits

802,565

839,601

862,241

22,640

2.7%

Overtime

300

0

1,020

1,020

N/A

Premium Pay

2,305

2,305

2,310

5

0.2%

Other Personnel

174,306

174,370

157,850

(16,520)

-9.5%

Personnel subtotal

$3,006,331

$3,160,337

$3,038,041

($122,296)

-3.9%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

(126,878)

(142,113)

(118,450)

23,663

-16.7%

Contracted Services

248,070

234,500

204,500

(30,000)

-12.8%

Other (including IT support)

(508,742)

(300,746)

(295,960)

4,786

-1.6%

Non-personnel subtotal

($387,550)

($208,359)

($209,910)

($1,551)

0.7%

Department Of Administrative Services

$2,618,780

$2,951,978

$2,828,131

($123,847)

-4.2%

Other General Fund Expenses

$89,849,389

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

36

36

36

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

3

2

2

0

0.0%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,677,518

The Department of Administrative Services consists of six divisions: the Director's Office, Accounting and Fiscal 
Management, the Citizens Service Center; Human Resources, Information Technology and Purchasing.

The City charges other departments for the cost of information technology support. Those chargebacks appear in the 
budget as negative expenditures, such as those shown below for utilities, supplies and maintenance.

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

Salaries

$1,597,290 

Pension

$417,330 

Fringe 

Benefits

$862,241 

Other 

Personnel

$157,850 

Contracted Services

$204,500 

2018 Budget by Category

Department Of 
Administrative 

Services 

($2,828,131)

3.1%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled: g IT support) ($15,810)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

249,790

236,239

219,210

(17,029)

-7.2%

Pension

41,630

44,120

36,840

(7,280)

-16.5%

Fringe Benefits

112,267

84,910

74,300

(10,610)

-12.5%

Other Personnel

19,109

18,080

16,770

(1,310)

-7.2%

Personnel subtotal

$422,796

$383,349

$347,120

($36,229)

-9.5%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

10,321

12,014

8,370

(3,644)

-30.3%

Other (including IT support)

10,667

19,537

15,810

(3,727)

-19.1%

Non-personnel subtotal

$20,988

$31,551

$24,180

($7,371)

-23.4%

Director of Administrative Services

$443,784

$414,900

$371,300

($43,600)

-10.5%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,306,220

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

4

4

3

(1)

-25.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

The Director of Administrative Services oversees the five other units or divisions in the Department. The Director's 
Office includes the Controller position and a grant writer. The City eliminated the vacant confidential secretary position 
in this office.

Administrative Services ‐ Director's Office

Salaries

$219,210 

Pension
$36,840 

Fringe 

Benefits
$74,300 

Other 

Personnel

$16,770 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$8,370 

2018 Budget by Category

Director of 

Administrative 

Services 

($371,300)

0.4%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled: Premimum Pay ($2,310); Contracted services ($4,500)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

)

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

178,841

194,538

264,740

70,202

36.1%

Pension

41,630

44,120

61,360

17,240

39.1%

Fringe Benefits

99,267

104,238

130,828

26,590

25.5%

Premium Pay

2,305

2,305

2,310

5

0.2%

Other Personnel

13,855

15,060

20,440

5,380

35.7%

Personnel subtotal

$335,899

$360,261

$479,678

$119,417

33.1%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

17,776

20,446

15,760

(4,686)

-22.9%

Contracted Services

4,431

4,500

4,500

0

0.0%

Other (including IT support)

17,445

19,487

23,380

3,893

20.0%

Non-personnel subtotal

$39,653

$44,433

$43,640

($793)

-1.8%

Accounting and Fiscal Management

$375,552

$404,694

$523,318

$118,624

29.3%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,154,202

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

5

5

6

1

20.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

The Accounting and Fiscal Management division records the City's financial activity and maintains the centralized 
accounting system that is the source of information for required financial statements, periodic reports and the budget.

The City created a new Revenue Manager position during 2017, though the position had not been filled as of January 
2018. 

Administrative Services ‐ Accounting and Fiscal Management

Salaries

$264,740 

Pension
$61,360 

Fringe 

Benefits

$130,828 

Other 

Personnel

$20,440 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$15,760 

Other (including IT 

support)
$23,380 

2018 Budget by Category

Accounting 

and Fiscal 

Management 

($523,318)

0.6%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled: Overtime ($1,020)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

388,841

399,753

409,230

9,477

2.4%

Pension

104,074

110,290

122,710

12,420

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

195,904

231,598

242,328

10,730

4.6%

Overtime

300

0

1,020

1,020

N/A

Other Personnel

29,769

32,590

36,320

3,730

11.4%

Personnel subtotal

$718,889

$774,231

$811,608

$37,377

4.8%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

42,202

52,084

38,410

(13,674)

-26.3%

Contracted Services

9,322

0

0

0

N/A

Other (including IT support)

42,531

110,378

66,240

(44,138)

-40.0%

Non-personnel subtotal

$94,055

$162,462

$104,650

($57,812)

-35.6%

Citizens Service Center

$812,944

$936,693

$916,258

($20,435)

-2.2%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,761,262

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

10

10

10

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Administrative Services ‐ Citizens Service Center

The Citizens Service Center was formed in 2011 when the City consolidated the former call center, treasury and tax 
collection responsibilities into one unit.  Mail room functions were added in 2013.  The CSC receives service requests 
by phone through its Call Center, online through its website and by walk-ins through its location on the first floor of City 
Hall.

Salaries

$409,230 

Pension

$122,710 

Fringe 

Benefits

$242,328 

Other 

Personnel

$36,320 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$38,410 

Other (including IT support)

$66,240 

2018 Budget by Category

Citizens 

Service Center 

($916,258)

1.0%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

251,741

335,500

121,700

(213,800)

-63.7%

Pension

72,852

77,210

73,680

(3,530)

-4.6%

Fringe Benefits

188,420

206,575

191,785

(14,790)

-7.2%

Other Personnel

44,044

25,670

23,610

(2,060)

-8.0%

Personnel subtotal

$557,057

$644,955

$410,775

($234,180)

-36.3%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

33,524

35,677

24,710

(10,967)

-30.7%

Contracted Services

234,316

230,000

200,000

(30,000)

-13.0%

Other (including IT support)

35,361

55,383

77,460

22,077

39.9%

Non-personnel subtotal

$303,202

$321,060

$302,170

($18,890)

-5.9%

Human Resources

$860,258

$966,015

$712,945

($253,070)

-26.2%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,964,575

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

7

7

7

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

1

0

0

0

N/A

The Human Resources Division provides administrative support to all City departments and individual employees on 
personnel matters. It maintains employment records and administers the hiring process.  It manages the City’s 
employee benefits programs, including medical, vision, dental and life insurance; workers' compensation; and deferred 
compensation. It oversees the City's labor relation's efforts including labor negotiations, labor contract administration 
and grievance resolution. HR is also responsible for payroll and pension administration.  

The salary allocation across all employees drops by $213,800 in 2018 because the City is starting to use a vacancy 
allowance (i.e. reducing the salary allocation to reflect the Department's usual turnover related savings). The City also 
eliminated the Training Coordinator position.

Administrative Services ‐ Human Resources

Salaries

$121,700 

Pension
$73,680 

Fringe 

Benefits

$191,785 

Other 

Personnel

$23,610 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$24,710 

Contracted 

Services

$200,000 

Other 

(including IT 

support)
$77,460 

2018 Budget by Category

Human 

Resources 

($712,945)

0.8%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

547,481

546,091

498,890

(47,201)

-8.6%

Pension

93,667

99,270

98,180

(1,090)

-1.1%

Fringe Benefits

173,828

191,050

178,400

(12,650)

-6.6%

Other Personnel

41,882

41,780

38,170

(3,610)

-8.6%

Personnel subtotal

$856,858

$878,191

$813,640

($64,551)

-7.4%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

(276,126)

(337,994)

(269,800)

68,194

-20.2%

Other (including IT support)

(669,150)

(584,918)

(571,410)

13,508

-2.3%

Non-personnel subtotal

($945,275)

($922,912)

($841,210)

$81,702

-8.9%

Information Technology

($88,417)

($44,721)

($27,570)

$17,151

-38.4%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,705,090

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

9

9

9

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Information technology maintains and manages the City’s technology including software, computers, internet 
connectivity, and most mobile and telecommunications systems.  The division maintains the City’s email and intranet 
systems and updates the website.  It responds to service requests from other City departments, the Reading 
Redevelopment Authority and the Recreation Commission.  IT staff also work with other departments on strategic 
projects where technology can be part of the solution to improve efficiency or quality of service.

The City charges other departments for the cost of information technology support. Those chargebacks appear in the 
budget as negative expenditures in this division. The City eliminated a Data Analyst position in 2018.

Administrative Services ‐ Information Technology

Salaries

$498,890 

Pension
$98,180 

Fringe 

Benefits

$178,400 

Other 

Personnel

$38,170 

2018 Budget by Category

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Department Budget Summaries

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

45,900

45,900

83,520

37,620

82.0%

Pension

10,407

11,030

24,560

13,530

122.7%

Fringe Benefits

32,878

21,230

44,600

23,370

110.1%

Other Personnel

25,647

41,190

22,540

(18,650)

-45.3%

Personnel subtotal

$114,832

$119,350

$175,220

$55,870

46.8%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

45,424

75,660

64,100

(11,560)

-15.3%

Other (including IT support)

54,404

79,387

92,560

13,173

16.6%

Non-personnel subtotal

$99,828

$155,047

$156,660

$1,613

1.0%

Purchasing

$214,660

$274,397

$331,880

$57,483

20.9%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,345,640

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

1

1

1

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

2

2

2

0

0.0%

The Purchasing Division has a Purchasing Coordinator, a Purchasing Assistant and a part-time clerk.  The Purchasing 
Coordinator is authorized to secure quotes for purchases up to $10,000. Purchases over that amount are generally 
handled through a competitive bidding process.

The City converted one of the two part-time clerks to a new full-time position in 2018.

Administrative Services ‐ Purchasing

Salaries
$83,520 

Pension
$24,560 

Fringe 

Benefits
$44,600 

Other 

Personnel

$22,540 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$64,100 

Other 

(including IT 

support)
$92,560 

2018 Budget by Category

Purchasing 

($331,880)

0.4%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled: Other (including IT support) ($473,960)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

1,790,300

1,738,560

1,818,910

80,350

4.6%

Pension

364,259

397,070

454,270

57,200

14.4%

Fringe Benefits

886,696

1,070,196

1,156,796

86,600

8.1%

Overtime

83,139

94,200

133,620

39,420

41.8%

Other Personnel

283,473

356,330

461,400

105,070

29.5%

Personnel subtotal

$3,407,866

$3,656,356

$4,024,996

$368,640

10.1%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

2,140,299

2,858,773

2,779,570

(79,203)

-2.8%

Contracted Services

1,122,793

1,286,250

1,356,750

70,500

5.5%

Other (including IT support)

289,552

428,094

473,960

45,866

10.7%

Non-personnel subtotal

$3,552,644

$4,573,117

$4,610,280

$37,163

0.8%

Department Of Public Works

$6,960,510

$8,229,473

$8,635,276

$405,803

4.9%

Other General Fund Expenses

$84,042,244

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

46

45

45

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

13

13

14

1

7.7%

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

The Public Works Department consists of administrative and engineering functions and four divisions: Operations, 
Wastewater, Utilities, and Solid Waste.  Wastewater, Utilities and Solid Waste functions are covered by separate 
enterprise funds. The Operations Division is mostly covered by the General Fund.

Salaries

$1,818,910 

Pension

$454,270 

Fringe Benefits

$1,156,796 

Overtime

$133,620 

Other Personnel

$461,400 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$2,779,570 

Contracted 

Services

$1,356,750 

2018 Budget by Category

Department Of 

Public Works 

($8,635,276)

9.3%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled:  Other (including IT support) ($38,650)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

292,480

313,500

264,070

(49,430)

-15.8%

Pension

41,630

55,150

49,090

(6,060)

-11.0%

Fringe Benefits

61,100

202,782

185,842

(16,940)

-8.4%

Other Personnel

22,375

23,990

20,210

(3,780)

-15.8%

Personnel subtotal

$417,585

$595,422

$519,212

($76,210)

-12.8%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

57,516

68,625

57,040

(11,585)

-16.9%

Contracted Services

306,132

206,400

216,400

10,000

4.8%

Other (including IT support)

49,963

53,097

38,650

(14,447)

-27.2%

Non-personnel subtotal

$413,611

$328,122

$312,090

($16,032)

-4.9%

Public Works - Administration

$831,196

$923,544

$831,302

($92,242)

-10.0%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,846,218

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

8

8

7

(1)

-12.5%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Public Works ‐ Administration

The Administrative Office includes the Department Director who oversees all public works functions and the Operations 
Manager who oversees the other functions supported by the General Fund (e.g. Garage, Highways). The office also 
has two engineering aides who support service requests as needed. The City moved a Property Manager position from 
this division to Public Property in 2018.

Salaries

$264,070 

Pension
$49,090 

Fringe 

Benefits

$185,842 

Other 

Personnel

$20,210 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$57,040 

Contracted 

Services

$216,400 

2018 Budget by Category

Public Works -
Administration 

($831,302)

0.9%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled: Other (including IT support) ($32,050)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

362,106

356,880

364,020

7,140

2.0%

Pension

83,259

88,240

98,180

9,940

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

175,383

189,150

197,730

8,580

4.5%

Overtime

10,745

10,000

10,200

200

2.0%

Other Personnel

31,833

44,070

47,620

3,550

8.1%

Personnel subtotal

$663,326

$688,340

$717,750

$29,410

4.3%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

363,226

462,964

465,590

2,626

0.6%

Contracted Services

114,063

110,000

110,000

0

0.0%

Other (including IT support)

31,320

47,687

32,050

(15,637)

-32.8%

Non-personnel subtotal

$508,609

$620,651

$607,640

($13,011)

-2.1%

Garage

$1,171,935

$1,308,991

$1,325,390

$16,399

1.3%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,352,130

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

10

10

10

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Public Works ‐ Garage

The Garage maintains and manages all the City’s vehicles and major equipment, ranging from leaf pickers, front-end 
loaders and utility carts to police cruisers, ambulances, and refuse trucks.

Funds other than the General Fund (i.e. Sewer, Solid Waste) may pay for some of the positions shown below.

Salaries

$364,020 

Pension
$98,180 

Fringe 

Benefits

$197,730 

Overtime

$10,200 

Other 

Personnel

$47,620 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$465,590 

Contracted 

Services

$110,000 

2018 Budget by Category

Garage 

($1,325,390)

1.4%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

491,712

488,170

503,490

15,320

3.1%

Pension

104,074

121,320

135,080

13,760

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

253,628

252,830

264,630

11,800

4.7%

Overtime

35,807

43,000

81,600

38,600

89.8%

Other Personnel

40,927

42,840

60,010

17,170

40.1%

Personnel subtotal

$926,148

$948,160

$1,044,810

$96,650

10.2%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

27,621

27,730

27,230

(500)

-1.8%

Contracted Services

63,657

58,500

70,000

11,500

19.7%

Other (including IT support)

0

65,300

88,000

22,700

34.8%

Non-personnel subtotal

$91,279

$151,530

$185,230

$33,700

22.2%

Highways

$1,017,427

$1,099,690

$1,230,040

$130,350

11.9%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,447,480

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

15

15

15

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

1

1

N/A

The Highways Division handles daily street sweeping, street repairs (primarily potholes and sinkholes) and winter 
weather operations such as salting and plowing.  It also handles curbside yard waste collection.

Funds other than the General Fund (i.e. Sewer, Solid Waste) may pay for some of the positions shown below. The City 
added a Maintenance Worker position in 2018.

Public Works ‐ Highways

Salaries

$503,490 

Pension

$135,080 

Fringe Benefits

$264,630 

Overtime

$81,600 

Other 

Personnel

$60,010 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$27,230 

Contracted 

Services

$70,000 

Other (including IT support)

$88,000 

2018 Budget by Category

Highways 

($1,230,040)

1.3%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

276,144

274,160

318,240

44,080

16.1%

Pension

62,444

66,180

85,960

19,780

29.9%

Fringe Benefits

193,587

204,690

233,420

28,730

14.0%

Overtime

24,231

24,200

24,480

280

1.2%

Other Personnel

71,293

135,960

182,370

46,410

34.1%

Personnel subtotal

$627,700

$705,190

$844,470

$139,280

19.8%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

19,214

23,330

21,000

(2,330)

-10.0%

Contracted Services

61,739

70,750

98,750

28,000

39.6%

Other (including IT support)

29,174

74,330

73,700

(630)

-0.8%

Non-personnel subtotal

$110,128

$168,410

$193,450

$25,040

14.9%

Parks

$737,828

$873,600

$1,037,920

$164,320

18.8%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,639,600

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

6

6

6

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

6

6

6

0

0.0%

The Parks Division is responsible for mowing and maintaining 138 acres of playgrounds, parks, and recreation facilities. 
Parks staff also serve as “flex” labor, available to help transport the City’s portable stage and bleachers and assist with 
office moves.

Public Works ‐ Parks

Salaries

$318,240 

Pension
$85,960 

Fringe 

Benefits

$233,420 

Overtime

$24,480 

Other 

Personnel

$182,370 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$21,000 

Contracted 

Services

$98,750 

Other (including IT 

support)
$73,700 

2018 Budget by Category

Parks 

($1,037,920)

1.1%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled: Overtime ($17,340)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

367,857

305,850

369,090

63,240

20.7%

Pension

72,852

66,180

85,960

19,780

29.9%

Fringe Benefits

202,998

204,684

233,414

28,730

14.0%

Overtime

12,357

17,000

17,340

340

2.0%

Other Personnel

117,045

109,470

151,190

41,720

38.1%

Personnel subtotal

$773,108

$703,184

$856,994

$153,810

21.9%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

612,747

740,000

685,000

(55,000)

-7.4%

Contracted Services

495,397

594,000

615,000

21,000

3.5%

Other (including IT support)

145,573

167,800

189,100

21,300

12.7%

Non-personnel subtotal

$1,253,717

$1,501,800

$1,489,100

($12,700)

-0.8%

Public Property

$2,026,825

$2,204,984

$2,346,094

$141,110

6.4%

Other General Fund Expenses

$90,331,426

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

7

6

7

1

16.7%

Part-time Positions

7

7

7

0

0.0%

The Public Property Division cleans and maintains City-owned facilities, including those used by other entities, like the 
Reading Recreation Commission. The City moved a Property Manager position from DPW Administration to Public 
Property in 2018.

Public Works ‐ Public Property

Salaries

$369,090 

Pension
$85,960 

Fringe 

Benefits

$233,414 

Other 

Personnel

$151,190 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$685,000 

Contracted 

Services

$615,000 

Other 

(including IT 

support)

$189,100 

2018 Budget by Category

Public Property 

($2,346,094)

2.5%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Fringe Benefits

0

0

25,700

25,700

N/A

Personnel subtotal

$0

$0

$25,700

$25,700

N/A

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

22,807

32,124

19,710

(12,414)

-38.6%

Other (including IT support)

33,522

19,880

22,460

2,580

13.0%

Non-personnel subtotal

$56,329

$52,004

$42,170

($9,834)

-18.9%

Recreation

$56,329

$52,004

$67,870

$15,866

30.5%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,609,650

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

The Recreation Division consists mostly of repair and equipment expenses related to maintaining the City's recreation 
facilities. Since 2012 the Reading Recreation Commission has managed recreation programming, separate from City 
government. The City makes an annual contribution to the Commission, which is budgeted outside this division. Please 
see the Parks and Public Property Divisions for related activities.

Public Works ‐ Recreation

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$25,700 

Other 

(including IT 

support)
$19,710 

Fringe 

Benefits
$22,460 

2018 Budget by Category

Recreation 

($67,870)

0.1%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled:  Other (including IT support) ($30,000)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

1,037,166

1,504,000

1,504,000

0

0.0%

Contracted Services

81,804

246,600

246,600

0

0.0%

Other (including IT support)

0

0

30,000

30,000

N/A

Non-personnel subtotal

$1,118,971

$1,750,600

$1,780,600

$30,000

1.7%

Traffic Engineering

$1,118,971

$1,750,600

$1,780,600

$30,000

1.7%

Other General Fund Expenses

$90,896,920

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

The division's main responsibility is to maintain traffic safety infrastructure and equipment such as street lights, traffic 
signals and signs and pavement markings.  The City contracts with another entity for most of this work.

Public Works ‐ Traffic Engineering

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$1,504,000 

Contracted 

Services

$246,600 

2018 Budget by Category

Traffic 

Engineering 

($1,780,600)

1.9%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled: Premium Pay ($567,892); Contracted services ($335,660)

Other (including IT support) ($544,410); Transfers ($20,000)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

11,926,306

12,002,546

12,024,776

22,230

0.2%

Pension

9,948,930

10,283,450

11,690,080

1,406,630

13.7%

Fringe Benefits

6,911,267

7,361,342

7,729,790

368,448

5.0%

Overtime

1,870,371

1,844,730

1,823,000

(21,730)

-1.2%

Premium Pay

529,188

567,892

567,892

0

0.0%

Other Personnel

890,901

1,135,550

1,035,240

(100,310)

-8.8%

Personnel subtotal

$32,076,963

$33,195,510

$34,870,778

$1,675,268

5.0%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

926,835

1,514,535

1,022,750

(491,785)

-32.5%

Contracted Services

250,077

295,060

335,660

40,600

13.8%

Other (including IT support)

1,021,937

731,307

544,410

(186,897)

-25.6%

Transfers

0

20,000

20,000

0

0.0%

Non-personnel subtotal

$2,198,849

$2,560,902

$1,922,820

($638,082)

-24.9%

Police Department

$34,275,812

$35,756,412

$36,793,598

$1,037,186

2.9%

Other General Fund Expenses

$55,883,922

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

194

195

195

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

103

103

103

0

0.0%

POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Reading Police Department handles law enforcement responsibilities such as patrol, criminal investigation and 
emergency dispatch for police-related calls. The Department also has oversight of part-time school crossing guards. 
The Department is separated into four divisions: Administration, Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Special Services. It 
is the largest department in the City government's budget.

In 2017, the City started to use a vacancy allowance (i.e. reducing the salary allocation to reflect the Department's usual 
turnover related savings). Compared to the 2017 budget, total Department-wide spending in 2018 increases by over $1 
million, mostly due to pension costs. Additionally, the City adds 6 part-time telecommunicator positions. 

Salaries

$12,024,776 

Pension

$11,690,080 

Fringe Benefits

$7,729,790 

Overtime

$1,823,000 

Other Personnel

$1,035,240 

Utilities, Supplies & 

Maintenance

$1,022,750 

2018 Budget by Category

Police 

Department 

($36,793,598)

39.7%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled: Overtime ($4,000); Premium Pay ($11,002)

Contracted Services ($6,400)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

209,541

311,160

311,980

820

0.3%

Pension

125,625

187,450

212,960

25,510

13.6%

Fringe Benefits

133,274

181,552

190,640

9,088

5.0%

Overtime

8,694

4,000

4,000

0

0.0%

Premium Pay

9,654

11,002

11,002

0

0.0%

Other Personnel

38,038

14,750

14,810

60

0.4%

Personnel subtotal

$524,826

$709,914

$745,392

$35,478

5.0%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

135,021

177,500

172,180

(5,320)

-3.0%

Contracted Services

5,174

6,400

6,400

0

0.0%

Other (including IT support)

29,947

113,060

110,760

(2,300)

-2.0%

Non-personnel subtotal

$170,142

$296,960

$289,340

($7,620)

-2.6%

Police - Administration

$694,968

$1,006,874

$1,034,732

$27,858

2.8%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,642,788

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

3

4

4

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

1

1

1

0

0.0%

Administration includes the Police Chief and the Office of Professional Standards (responsible for internal 
investigations).  This group manages administrative duties such as budget development and management and 
recruitment and enlistment, and is responsible for planning, assessing and staffing to most effectively reduce criminal 
activity and improve safety and ensuring that proper leadership, management, supervision, and training is provided to 
all members of the department.

Police ‐ Administration

Salaries

$311,980 

Pension

$212,960 

Fringe 

Benefits

$190,640 

Other 

Personnel

$14,810 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$172,180 

Other 

(including IT 

support)

$110,760 

2018 Budget by Category

Police -

Administratio

n ($1,034,732)

1.1%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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           Not labeled: Premium Pay ($134,710); Other Personnel ($107,030)

                   Contracted Services ($5,500); Other (including IT support) ($59,400)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

2,157,799

2,175,070

2,175,070

0

0.0%

Pension

1,728,275

1,764,120

2,006,650

242,530

13.7%

Fringe Benefits

1,634,422

1,611,010

1,691,910

80,900

5.0%

Overtime

437,266

521,730

500,000

(21,730)

-4.2%

Premium Pay

128,325

134,710

134,710

0

0.0%

Other Personnel

98,215

107,030

107,030

0

0.0%

Personnel subtotal

$6,184,302

$6,313,670

$6,615,370

$301,700

4.8%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

112,662

159,058

132,980

(26,078)

-16.4%

Contracted Services

2,795

5,500

5,500

0

0.0%

Other (including IT support)

143,001

129,208

59,400

(69,808)

-54.0%

Non-personnel subtotal

$258,459

$293,766

$197,880

($95,886)

-32.6%

Police - Criminal Investigation

$6,442,761

$6,607,436

$6,813,250

$205,814

3.1%

Other General Fund Expenses

$85,864,270

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

30

30

30

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

2

2

2

0

0.0%

The Investigations Division includes the vice unit, the bomb squad and the identification unit responsible for 
investigating crime scenes and collecting evidence. It also has specialized task forces, like the Auto Theft Task Force.

Police ‐ Criminal Investigation

Salaries

$2,175,070 

Pension

$2,006,650 

Fringe 

Benefits

$1,691,910 

Overtime

$500,000 

Utilities, Supplies & 

Maintenance

$132,980 

2018 Budget by Category

Police -

Criminal 

Investigation 

($6,813,250)

7.4%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Premium Pay ($400,180); Contracted Services ($46,160);

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance ($445,790);

Other (including IT support) ($79,020)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

8,313,286

8,109,330

8,109,330

0

0.0%

Pension

7,604,408

7,762,130

8,829,240

1,067,110

13.7%

Fringe Benefits

4,243,918

4,689,360

4,923,840

234,480

5.0%

Overtime

1,173,208

1,115,000

1,115,000

0

0.0%

Premium Pay

374,520

400,180

400,180

0

0.0%

Other Personnel

560,712

781,220

679,220

(102,000)

-13.1%

Personnel subtotal

$22,270,053

$22,857,220

$24,056,810

$1,199,590

5.2%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

440,193

768,511

445,790

(322,721)

-42.0%

Contracted Services

3,864

8,160

46,160

38,000

465.7%

Other (including IT support)

600,079

241,686

79,020

(162,666)

-67.3%

Non-personnel subtotal

$1,044,136

$1,018,357

$570,970

($447,387)

-43.9%

Police - Patrol

$23,314,189

$23,875,577

$24,627,780

$752,203

3.2%

Other General Fund Expenses

$68,049,740

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

132

132

132

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

88

88

88

0

0.0%

The Patrol Division has four platoons of officers who respond to calls and enforce laws throughout the City. “Problem 
Solving, Crime Reduction, and Crime prevention” are the stated responsibilities for patrol officers. The Division also 
handles contracted police services provided to the Reading Housing Authority and the Borough of Kenhorst. Patrol 
includes the Traffic Unit, which is focused on moving violations, parking, abandoned vehicles and traffic accidents, and 
the part-time school crossing guards who are partly funded by the Reading School District. 

Police ‐ Patrol

Salaries

$8,109,330 

Pension

$8,829,240 

Fringe 

Benefits

$4,923,840 

Overtime

$1,115,000 

Other Personnel

$679,220 

2018 Budget by Category

Police - Patrol 

($24,627,780)

26.6%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Premium Pay ($22,000); Other (including IT support) ($295,230); 

Transfers ($20,000)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

1,245,680

1,406,986

1,428,396

21,410

1.5%

Pension

490,622

569,750

641,230

71,480

12.5%

Fringe Benefits

899,653

879,420

923,400

43,980

5.0%

Overtime

251,203

204,000

204,000

0

0.0%

Premium Pay

16,689

22,000

22,000

0

0.0%

Other Personnel

193,936

232,550

234,180

1,630

0.7%

Personnel subtotal

$3,097,782

$3,314,706

$3,453,206

$138,500

4.2%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

238,959

409,466

271,800

(137,666)

-33.6%

Contracted Services

238,243

275,000

277,600

2,600

0.9%

Other (including IT support)

248,909

247,353

295,230

47,877

19.4%

Transfers

0

20,000

20,000

0

0.0%

Non-personnel subtotal

$726,111

$951,819

$864,630

($87,189)

-9.2%

Police - Special Services

$3,823,894

$4,266,525

$4,317,836

$51,311

1.2%

Other General Fund Expenses

$88,359,684

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

29

29

29

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

12

12

12

0

0.0%

The Special Services Division oversees the Department's communications functions, especially emergency dispatch 
and the Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network. It includes the records office, Police Academy, K-9 
program, and video safety unit.  The Division also handles administrative and business management functions such as 
processing officers’ time records for payroll. The City added six part-time telecommunicator positions for 2018, though it 
expects the total spending on these positions will remain the same over the course of the year.

Police ‐ Special Services

Salaries

$1,428,396 

Pension

$641,230 

Fringe 

Benefits

$923,400 

Overtime

$204,000 

Other 

Personnel

$234,180 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$271,800 

Contracted 

Services

$277,600 

2018 Budget by Category

Police -
Special 

Services 

($4,317,836)

4.7%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Premium Pay ($406,785); Contracted Services ($371,050);

Other (including IT support ($647,510)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

7,668,125

8,106,555

8,358,374

251,819

3.1%

Pension

2,821,837

3,036,100

3,527,880

491,780

16.2%

Fringe Benefits

3,591,364

3,902,540

4,127,060

224,520

5.8%

Overtime

1,508,624

981,590

981,710

120

0.0%

Premium Pay

399,410

416,666

406,785

(9,881)

-2.4%

Other Personnel

215,196

363,260

409,430

46,170

12.7%

Personnel subtotal

$16,204,555

$16,806,711

$17,811,239

$1,004,528

6.0%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

378,909

432,045

584,580

152,535

35.3%

Contracted Services

324,789

345,520

371,050

25,530

7.4%

Other (including IT support)

523,051

686,280

647,510

(38,770)

-5.6%

Non-personnel subtotal

$1,226,749

$1,463,845

$1,603,140

$139,295

9.5%

Fire And Rescue Services

$17,431,304

$18,270,556

$19,414,379

$1,143,823

6.3%

Other General Fund Expenses

$73,263,141

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

137

137

137

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES

The Department is responsible for fire suppression, fire prevention, special rescue and emergency medical services 
(EMS). In addition to fire and EMS calls, the Department responds to incidents involving hazardous materials and motor 
vehicle accidents. 

Salaries

$8,358,374 

Pension

$3,527,880 

Fringe Benefits

$4,127,060 

Overtime

$981,710 

Other Personnel

$409,430 

Utilities, Supplies 

& Maintenance

$584,580 

2018 Budget by Category

Fire And Rescue 

Services 

($19,414,379)

20.9%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Overtime ($3,500); Premium Pay ($26,910);

Other Personnel ($14,020); Contracted Services ($14,540)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

477,945

473,740

490,500

16,760

3.5%

Pension

134,441

144,490

167,380

22,890

15.8%

Fringe Benefits

339,649

310,950

318,460

7,510

2.4%

Overtime

5,098

3,500

3,500

0

0.0%

Premium Pay

26,606

26,560

26,910

350

1.3%

Other Personnel

11,082

11,570

14,020

2,450

21.2%

Personnel subtotal

$994,821

$970,810

$1,020,770

$49,960

5.1%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

133,907

109,384

251,460

142,076

129.9%

Contracted Services

4,200

14,540

14,540

0

0.0%

Other (including IT support)

41,930

45,534

97,070

51,536

113.2%

Non-personnel subtotal

$180,037

$169,458

$363,070

$193,612

114.3%

Fire - Administration

$1,174,858

$1,140,268

$1,383,840

$243,572

21.4%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,293,680

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

7

7

7

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

This Division oversees department operations in the field, manages finances and personnel, and publically represents 
the Department. The Division is also responsible for coordinating with the Department of Public Work on facility and 
vehicle maintenance needs. 

Fire ‐ Administration

Salaries

$490,500 

Pension

$167,380 

Fringe Benefits

$318,460 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$251,460 

Other (including IT 

support)
$97,070 

2018 Budget by Category

Fire -

Administration 

($1,383,840)

1.5%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Premium Pay ($81,655); Other Personnel ($76,310);

Other (including IT support) ($227,480)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

1,490,512

1,798,465

1,856,000

57,535

3.2%

Pension

682,185

734,020

853,050

119,030

16.2%

Fringe Benefits

757,678

822,250

857,670

35,420

4.3%

Overtime

926,698

493,200

493,320

120

0.0%

Premium Pay

64,371

80,176

81,655

1,479

1.8%

Other Personnel

38,819

72,030

76,310

4,280

5.9%

Personnel subtotal

$3,960,264

$4,000,141

$4,218,005

$217,864

5.4%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

80,984

111,309

105,870

(5,439)

-4.9%

Contracted Services

156,534

156,540

169,070

12,530

8.0%

Other (including IT support)

270,535

329,971

227,480

(102,491)

-31.1%

Non-personnel subtotal

$508,052

$597,820

$502,420

($95,400)

-16.0%

Fire - EMS

$4,468,316

$4,597,961

$4,720,425

$122,464

2.7%

Other General Fund Expenses

$87,957,095

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

33

33

33

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Fire ‐ Emergency Medical Services

This Division provides advanced life support (ALS) and basic life support (BLS) emergency medical services to 
Reading's citizens and visitors.

Salaries

$1,856,000 

Pension

$853,050 

Fringe Benefits

$857,670 

Overtime

$493,320 

Utilities, Supplies & 

Maintenance

$105,870 

Contracted Services

$169,070 

2018 Budget by Category

Fire - EMS 

($4,720,425)

5.1%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Other Personnel ($7,230); Contracted Services ($12,000);

Other (including IT support) ($36,800)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

($627,730)

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

217,883

253,990

261,670

7,680

3.0%

Pension

82,689

88,980

103,400

14,420

16.2%

Fringe Benefits

159,690

145,800

150,090

4,290

2.9%

Overtime

28,545

35,000

35,000

0

0.0%

Premium Pay

11,329

14,100

13,540

(560)

-4.0%

Other Personnel

4,940

7,240

7,230

(10)

-0.1%

Personnel subtotal

$505,077

$545,110

$570,930

$25,820

4.7%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

6,637

8,000

8,000

0

0.0%

Contracted Services

2,121

12,000

12,000

0

0.0%

Other (including IT support)

34,817

35,300

36,800

1,500

4.2%

Non-personnel subtotal

$43,574

$55,300

$56,800

$1,500

2.7%

Fire - Special Services (Prevention Education)

$548,651

$600,410

$627,730

$27,320

4.6%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,049,790

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

4

4

4

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

The Division handles fire prevention and public education on related issues. It handles fire-related code enforcement in 
cooperation with the Community Development Department's Property Maintenance Division. Within the Division, the 
Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for arson investigations in collaboration with the Police Department.

Fire ‐ Special Services (Prevention Education)

Salaries

$261,670 

Pension

$103,400 

Fringe 

Benefits

$150,090 

Overtime

$35,000 

Premium Pay

$13,540 

Utilities, Supplies & 

Maintenance

$8,000 

2018 Budget by Category

Fire - Special 

Services 

(Prevention 

Education) 

($627,730)

0.7%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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Not labeled: Premium Pay ($280,650); Other Personnel ($310,060);

Contracted Services ($175,440); Other (including IT support) ($185,000)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

5,419,832

5,518,240

5,686,850

168,610

3.1%

Pension

1,901,850

2,046,360

2,378,200

331,840

16.2%

Fringe Benefits

2,310,557

2,602,310

2,778,540

176,230

6.8%

Overtime

537,413

440,890

440,890

0

0.0%

Premium Pay

293,824

291,860

280,650

(11,210)

-3.8%

Other Personnel

158,919

270,620

310,060

39,440

14.6%

Personnel subtotal

$10,622,396

$11,170,280

$11,875,190

$704,910

6.3%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

152,959

199,955

217,090

17,135

8.6%

Contracted Services

161,934

162,440

175,440

13,000

8.0%

Other (including IT support)

143,206

201,844

185,000

(16,844)

-8.3%

Non-personnel subtotal

$458,100

$564,239

$577,530

$13,291

2.4%

Fire - Suppression

$11,080,496

$11,734,519

$12,452,720

$718,201

6.1%

Other General Fund Expenses

$80,224,800

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

92

92

92

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

This Division handles fire suppression and vehicular and technical rescue for Reading. It responds to hazardous 
material incidents and helps provide emergency medical services (EMS) as first responders. Please see the 
Department's EMS Division for other expenditures related to those services.

Fire ‐ Suppression

Salaries

$5,686,850 

Pension

$2,378,200 

Fringe 

Benefits

$2,778,540 

Overtime

$440,890 

Utilities, Supplies 

& Maintenance

$217,090 

2018 Budget by Category

Fire -

Suppression 

($12,452,720)

13.4%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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   Not labeled: Overtime ($9,000); Premium Pay ($4,030); Other Personnel ($1,810);

                   Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance ($2,160)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

61,952

62,120

63,354

1,234

2.0%

Pension

20,672

22,250

25,850

3,600

16.2%

Fringe Benefits

23,789

21,230

22,300

1,070

5.0%

Overtime

10,870

9,000

9,000

0

0.0%

Premium Pay

3,279

3,970

4,030

60

1.5%

Other Personnel

1,436

1,800

1,810

10

0.6%

Personnel subtotal

$121,997

$120,370

$126,344

$5,974

5.0%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

4,422

3,397

2,160

(1,237)

-36.4%

Other (including IT support)

32,564

73,631

101,160

27,529

37.4%

Non-personnel subtotal

$36,986

$77,028

$103,320

$26,292

34.1%

Fire - Training

$158,984

$197,398

$229,664

$32,266

16.3%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,447,856

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

1

1

1

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Fire ‐ Training

Training provides new techniques and continuing education in fire suppression and emergency medicine for Reading's 
firefighters. This Division also coordinates all training and certification activities for recruits.

Salaries
$63,354 

Pension
$25,850 

Fringe Benefits

$22,300 

Other 

(including IT 

support)

$101,160 

2018 Budget by Category

Fire - Training 

($229,664)

0.2%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Overtime ($12,750); Premium Pay ($420)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

00,680)

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

1,918,988

2,094,047

1,992,880

(101,167)

-4.8%

Pension

452,638

474,270

490,940

16,670

3.5%

Fringe Benefits

787,285

1,028,750

1,012,320

(16,430)

-1.6%

Overtime

17,446

14,000

12,750

(1,250)

-8.9%

Premium Pay

1,400

420

420

0

0.0%

Other Personnel

172,439

180,270

194,280

14,010

7.8%

Personnel subtotal

$3,350,195

$3,791,757

$3,703,590

($88,167)

-2.3%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

202,254

231,219

174,650

(56,569)

-24.5%

Contracted Services

233,128

217,769

280,740

62,971

28.9%

Other (including IT support)

301,461

1,440,561

841,700

(598,861)

-41.6%

Non-personnel subtotal

$736,842

$1,889,549

$1,297,090

($592,459)

-31.4%

Department Of Community Development

$4,087,037

$5,681,306

$5,000,680

($680,626)

-12.0%

Other General Fund Expenses

$87,676,840

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

44

43

43

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

1

1

1

0

0.0%

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The Community Development Department ensures Reading’s property owners and residents maintain housing and 
building standards in accordance with community and legal guidelines to improve the quality of Reading’s 
neighborhoods while growing the prosperity of its communities.

The City allocated $1.0 million for demolition and roof replacement and $440,000 for sidewalk repairs in 2017 and 2018, 
respectively, which are included in the "Other" category in the table below.

Salaries

$1,992,880 

Pension

$490,940 

Fringe Benefits

$1,012,320 

Other 

Personnel

$194,280 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$174,650 

Contracted 

Services

$280,740 

Other 

(including IT 

support)

$841,700 

2018 Budget by Category

Department 

Of Community 

Development 

($5,000,680)

5.4%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Contracted Services ($200); Other (including IT support) ($20,710)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

125,283

127,993

130,560

2,567

2.0%

Pension

25,935

22,060

24,550

2,490

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

40,262

61,788

63,928

2,140

3.5%

Premium Pay

980

0

0

0

N/A

Other Personnel

9,659

9,800

10,000

200

2.0%

Personnel subtotal

$202,119

$221,641

$229,038

$7,397

3.3%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

21,074

25,989

22,510

(3,479)

-13.4%

Contracted Services

5,985

200

200

0

0.0%

Other (including IT support)

10,637

71,976

20,710

(51,266)

-71.2%

Non-personnel subtotal

$37,696

$98,165

$43,420

($54,745)

-55.8%

CD - Admin

$239,815

$319,806

$272,458

($47,348)

-14.8%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,405,062

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions (General Fund)

3

2

2

0

0.0%

Full-time Positions (CDBG supported)

4

4

4

0

0.0%

Community Development ‐ Administration

This Division oversees the Department and manages the City's use of federal grant funds issued by the U.S. 
Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Division also administers other state and private grant programs 
related to the Department's work. The City uses Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to fund four positions, 
in addition to the two supported by the General Fund.  Those grant funded expenditures are not included in the totals 
shown below.

Salaries

$130,560 

Pension
$24,550 

Fringe 

Benefits
$63,928 

Other 

Personnel

$10,000 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$22,510 

2018 Budget by Category

CD - Admin 

($272,458)

0.3%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Overtime ($12,750); Other (including IT support) ($61,310)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

403,177

477,140

462,110

(15,030)

-3.2%

Pension

83,259

88,240

85,960

(2,280)

-2.6%

Fringe Benefits

122,670

169,820

158,950

(10,870)

-6.4%

Overtime

15,259

12,500

12,750

250

2.0%

Other Personnel

32,010

37,460

35,360

(2,100)

-5.6%

Personnel subtotal

$656,376

$785,160

$755,130

($30,030)

-3.8%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

42,692

36,712

29,070

(7,642)

-20.8%

Contracted Services

188,990

185,000

225,000

40,000

21.6%

Other (including IT support)

59,009

81,162

61,310

(19,852)

-24.5%

Non-personnel subtotal

$290,691

$302,874

$315,380

$12,506

4.1%

Building and Trades

$947,067

$1,088,034

$1,070,510

($17,524)

-1.6%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,607,010

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

8

8

8

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Community Development ‐ Building and Trades

The Division issues permits for building repairs and renovations, including electrical, mechanical and plumbing related 
work. It reviews building plans and provides use and occupancy permits and inspections. It issues trade licenses for 
contractors working in Reading and conducts pre-construction and design review meetings with citizens, builders, 
developers, and contractors. The Division conducts these "one-stop shop" meetings in close collaboration with Planning 
and Zoning, the Department of Public Works, and the Fire Marshal's Office.

Salaries

$462,110 

Pension
$85,960 

Fringe Benefits

$158,950 

Other 

Personnel

$35,360 

Utilities, Supplies 

& Maintenance

$29,070 

Contracted 

Services

$225,000 

2018 Budget by Category

Building and 

Trades 

($1,070,510)

1.2%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Contracted Services ($18,540)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

1,131,771

1,208,424

1,228,510

20,086

1.7%

Pension

291,407

308,820

343,590

34,770

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

510,847

691,002

721,042

30,040

4.3%

Overtime

2,186

1,500

0

(1,500)

-100.0%

Other Personnel

91,488

97,560

96,390

(1,170)

-1.2%

Personnel subtotal

$2,027,698

$2,307,306

$2,389,532

$82,226

3.6%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

95,793

122,637

85,380

(37,257)

-30.4%

Contracted Services

13,557

17,569

18,540

971

5.5%

Other (including IT support)

200,364

1,246,192

694,240

(551,952)

-44.3%

Non-personnel subtotal

$309,714

$1,386,398

$798,160

($588,238)

-42.4%

Property Maintenance

$2,337,412

$3,693,704

$3,187,692

($506,012)

-13.7%

Other General Fund Expenses

$89,489,828

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

28

28

28

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Community Development ‐ Property Maintenance

The Division enforces the City's property maintenance code and related ordinances through property inspections. It 
responds to housing and property maintenance complaints; provides health and safety inspections at food 
establishments; performs health inspections for illegal trash dumping, odors, and animal waste; and administers 
housing permits, health permits and mobile vendor permits.

The City allocated $1.0 million for demolition and roof replacement and $440,000 for sidewalk repairs in 2017 and 2018, 
respectively, which are included in the "Other" category in the table below.

Salaries

$1,228,510 

Pension

$343,590 

Fringe 

Benefits

$721,042 

Other 

Personnel

$96,390 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$85,380 

Other 

(including IT 

support)

$694,240 

2018 Budget by Category

Property 

Maintenance 

($3,187,692)

3.4%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Premium Pay ($420)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

258,757

280,490

171,700

(108,790)

-38.8%

Pension

52,037

55,150

36,840

(18,310)

-33.2%

Fringe Benefits

113,505

106,140

68,400

(37,740)

-35.6%

Premium Pay

420

420

420

0

0.0%

Other Personnel

39,282

35,450

52,530

17,080

48.2%

Personnel subtotal

$464,001

$477,650

$329,890

($147,760)

-30.9%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

42,695

45,881

37,690

(8,191)

-17.9%

Contracted Services

24,596

15,000

37,000

22,000

146.7%

Other (including IT support)

31,451

41,231

65,440

24,209

58.7%

Non-personnel subtotal

$98,742

$102,112

$140,130

$38,018

37.2%

Zoning

$562,743

$579,762

$470,020

($109,742)

-18.9%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,207,500

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

5

5

5

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

1

1

1

0

0.0%

Community Development ‐ Zoning

The Division interprets and enforces the City's zoning ordinance; reviews all building permits for compliance with the 
zoning ordinance; conducts research to verify the zoning classification for a given property; and responds to permit 
related zoning complaints. The City eliminated one of the Zoning Inspector positions in 2018.

Salaries

$171,700 

Pension
$36,840 

Fringe 

Benefits
$68,400 

Other 

Personnel

$52,530 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$37,690 

Contracted 

Services

$37,000 

Other 

(including IT 

support)
$65,440 

2018 Budget by Category

Zoning 

($470,020)

0.5%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Other Personnel ($21,810);

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance ($13,600)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

276,278

273,780

285,070

11,290

4.1%

Pension

52,037

55,150

61,360

6,210

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

86,140

106,140

111,500

5,360

5.0%

Other Personnel

21,135

20,950

21,810

860

4.1%

Personnel subtotal

$435,590

$456,020

$479,740

$23,720

5.2%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

13,390

19,139

13,600

(5,539)

-28.9%

Contracted Services

207,154

300,000

150,000

(150,000)

-50.0%

Other (including IT support)

161,543

286,919

221,410

(65,509)

-22.8%

Non-personnel subtotal

$382,087

$606,058

$385,010

($221,048)

-36.5%

Law Department

$817,677

$1,062,078

$864,750

($197,328)

-18.6%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,812,770

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

6

6

6

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

LAW DEPARTMENT

The Department acts as the attorney for the City by rendering legal opinions and advice for the Mayor, City Council, and 
City departments. The Law Department provides guidance on federal, state, and municipal laws, including the City 
Charter and Administrative Code. It handles litigation and right-to-know requests and prepares and reviews contracts, 
liens, and legislation.

Contracted services was higher in 2017 compared to the current year budget because the City allocated additional 
money for collective bargaining and interest arbitration.

Salaries

$285,070 

Pension
$61,360 

Fringe Benefits

$111,500 

Contracted 

Services

$150,000 

Other (including 

IT support)

$221,410 

2018 Budget by Category

Law 

Department 

($864,750)

0.9%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Premium Pay ($3,710)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

438,274

502,460

511,980

9,520

1.9%

Pension

104,074

110,290

122,710

12,420

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

203,714

249,930

260,660

10,730

4.3%

Premium Pay

4,130

3,430

3,710

280

8.2%

Other Personnel

33,844

37,830

39,500

1,670

4.4%

Personnel subtotal

$784,036

$903,940

$938,560

$34,620

3.8%

Reading Public Library

$784,036

$903,940

$938,560

$34,620

3.8%

Other General Fund Expenses

$91,738,960

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

10

10

10

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

The Reading Public Library offers books, music and videos for lending to library card holders. It also offers computers 
and wireless internet access to visitors, educational programming and practical training. The Reading Public Library is 
part of the larger Berks County Public Library System and has its own budget separate of City government. While the 
Board oversees day-to-day operations, City government owns the four library facilities and employs 10 of the 
employees at the Reading Public Library. 

READING PUBLIC LIBRARY

Salaries

$511,980 

Pension

$122,710 

Fringe Benefits

$260,660 

Other 

Personnel

$39,500 

2018 Budget by Category

Reading 

Public Library 

($938,560)

1.0%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

______________________________________________________________

Department Budget Summaries

__________________________________________________________________

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Not labeled: Pension ($140,000); Fringe Benefits ($4,210); 

Other Personnel ($100,000)

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Pension

0

0

140,000

140,000

N/A

Fringe Benefits

0

0

4,210

4,210

N/A

Other Personnel

116,761

100,000

100,000

0

0.0%

Personnel subtotal

$116,761

$100,000

$244,210

$144,210

144.2%

Debt Service

18,840,171

12,065,128

11,712,390

(352,738)

-2.9%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

0

40,000

0

(40,000)

-100.0%

Contracted Services

1,020,047

1,103,600

1,108,600

5,000

0.5%

Other (including IT support)

759,269

858,560

925,033

66,473

7.7%

Transfers

3,036,045

2,261,920

2,332,359

70,439

3.1%

Non-personnel subtotal

$23,655,532

$16,329,208

$16,078,382

($250,826)

-1.5%

Non-Departmental

$23,772,293

$16,429,208

$16,322,592

($106,616)

-0.6%

Other General Fund Expenses

$76,354,928

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Some of the City's expenditures are budgeted outside of the individual departments. Non-departmental expenditures 
include the principal and interest payments for the City's debt, fees paid to tax collection agencies and other items. The 
City was able to reduce its debt service in 2017 and 2018 by using a portion of its prior year reserves to pay off debt 
ahead of schedule in 2016.

NON‐DEPARTMENTAL

Debt Service, 

11,712,390 

Contracted 

Services, 

1,108,600 

Other 

(including IT 

support), 

925,033 

Transfers, 
2,332,359 

2018 Budget by Category

Non-

Departmental 

($16,322,592)

17.6%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Other (including IT support)

68,604

60,000

47,500

(12,500)

-20.8%

Non-personnel subtotal

$68,604

$60,000

$47,500

($12,500)

-20.8%

Board Of Ethics

$68,604

$60,000

$47,500

($12,500)

-20.8%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,630,020

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

Part-time Positions

0

0

0

0

N/A

The Board of Ethics is a five-member board that administers and enforces the conflict of interest provision of the 
Charter (Section 1201) and the various prohibition sections of the Charter and the Code of Ethics.

BOARD OF ETHICS

Other 

(including IT 

support)
$47,500 

2018 Budget by Category

Board Of 

Ethics 

($47,500)

0.1%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Actuals

Budget

Budget

Variance ($)

Variance (%)

Salaries

85,674

83,723

87,610

3,887

4.6%

Pension

20,815

22,060

24,550

2,490

11.3%

Fringe Benefits

27,830

42,460

44,600

2,140

5.0%

Other Personnel

19,472

38,188

30,230

(7,958)

-20.8%

Personnel subtotal

$153,791

$186,431

$186,990

$559

0.3%

Utilities, Supplies & Maintenance

8,662

10,703

8,160

(2,543)

-23.8%

Other (including IT support)

7,116

30,787

36,830

6,043

19.6%

Non-personnel subtotal

$15,778

$41,490

$44,990

$3,500

8.4%

Human Relations Commission

$169,569

$227,921

$231,980

$4,059

1.8%

Other General Fund Expenses

$92,445,540

2016

2017

2018

2017 to 2018

2017 to 2018

Full-time Positions

2

2

2

0

0.0%

Part-time Positions

1

1

1

0

0.0%

The Human Relations Commission enforces Pennsylvania's and Reading's anti-discrimination laws and promotes equal 
opportunity for all citizens and visitors of the City. There are eight uncompensated Human Relations Commissioners 
appointed by the Mayor, serving four-year terms under the supervision of the Managing Director. There are also three 
paid staff supporting the Commission and its mission.

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION

Salaries
$87,610 

Pension
$24,550 

Fringe 

Benefits
$44,600 

Other 

Personnel

$30,230 

Utilities, 

Supplies & 

Maintenance

$8,160 

Other 

(including IT 

support)
$36,830 

2018 Budget by Category

Human 

Relations 

Commission 

($231,980)

0.3%

Share of 2018 General Fund Budget

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Department Budget Summaries

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