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December 9, 2013

Neshannock proposes budget with no tax hike

NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock Township supervisors introduced a budget with no tax increase or sewer rate hike.

The document, introduced Friday, will be on display at the municipal building for 20 days. The supervisors plan to vote on the spending plan at a special meeting set for 9 a.m. Dec. 30.

The $7,234,608 proposed budget is $187,325 greater than the current year’s spending plan.

Total tax millage remains at 1.90. This includes 0.45 mills for the fire tax earmarked for the fire department, 0.42 mills for debt service and 1.03 mills for general purposes.

Also included is a light tax of 35 cents per front foot assessment for occupied land and 15 cents per foot for unoccupied land.

In notes accompanying the budget proposal, the supervisors point out that $301,855, the capital reserve fund, will be divided among road and storm sewer projects.

The supervisors anticipate addressing storm water projects on Maryland Drive, Cunningham Lane, Meyer Avenue and Lattavo Drive. About $191,000 is being earmarked for road paving and $47,000 from the paving budget is expected to be spent to construct a second salt shed on township property.

Supervisor Ed Stevens also said he would like to set aside $15,000 to post signs at the township’s borders.

The budget statement also notes sewer rates will remain the same for 2014.

Supervisor Joe Gierlach, who introduced the budget, commended township secretary/treasurer Leslie Bucci for the work she did to pull the numbers together.

He also noted the document may be reopened in January after new supervisor Stephen Demofonte joins the board. Demofonte will replace supervisor chairman Ralph Sheen, who did not seek re-election.

After the meeting, Sheen said he believes one six-year term is enough.

“The longer you’re in office,” he said, “the easier it is to relax and not have fresh ideas.”

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