New Castle News

December 13, 2013

New building part of Mahoning’s budget

Mary Grzebieniak
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Mahoning Township’s 2014 budget provides for a new municipal building but does not raise taxes.

The $3,052,493 general fund budget, which the supervisors approved unanimously Wednesday, includes $2 million for a new building and furnishings.

The building will be financed with a loan and the supervisors said the anticipated 2014 payments will be covered by $60,000 in wages and benefits the township will save by not replacing a retired road worker. Instead, the township will use part-time seasonal workers and extra hours put in by Supervisor Mark Sackin, who also is roadmaster.

In addition, the supervisors expect to start receiving proceeds next year from gas drilling on township property, as well as a $60,000 right-of-way payment from the Hickory Bend Pipeline. It will lay pipe on township property in Edinburg for a gas transmission line to its Ohio facility.

The supervisors said they estimate borrowing the money for the building at 4 percent will make the payments $80,000 annually.

Supervisor Gary Pezzuolo said the building construction project will be advertised for bids in March, with anticipated completion of Nov. 1. If they meet that deadline, the township also will save $8,000 in propane bills, because the current energy inefficient municipal building costs approximately $4,000 per month to heat. In addition, the supervisors said, the current building has a leaking roof, lacks handicapped access and cannot be repaired.

The supervisors have said in the past that the new building is anticipated to be 8,300 square feet and would include a meeting room, office space, restrooms and a six-bay garage.

Excluding the cost for the new building, officials said, the 2014 budget is about $50,000 more than this year’s.