LITTLE BEAVER. Cable television arrives the township. The supervisors also hold the line on real estate taxes in a balanced 2006 budget.

Little Beaver Township supervisors signed a franchise agreement with Comcast last night to allow cable television service to 60 homes.

The homes are located in the Enon Valley Borough/Little Beaver area near the intersection of routes 351 and 551. They include the Cherry Hill development and Little Beaver Estates.

The homeowners will contract individually with the company on a voluntary basis.

Board chairman Glenn Leslie said a resident may not be eligible for the service if not within a certain distance of the company's fiber optic main line. He said the company told the board it will extend the line only if there are 30 homes located within a mile of the existing line.

The township will receive revenue from a 3 percent franchise fee added to the company's billing to customers. The exact amount cannot be determined until subscribers have committed to the various service packages.

The supervisors also introduced the proposed budget for 2006. It keeps the millage at 0.96 of a mill and the spending nearly the same as this year.

Revenues in the balanced budget of $342,893 include a fund balance of $107,584, $86,600 in highway aid, $126,884 in taxes and $21,825 in licenses, permits, fines, charges for services and other revenues.

Expenditures include $138,563 for road repairs, $68,650 for administration, $41,180 for police and fire protection, $35,000 for township building improvements, $50,000 for a road equipment purchase, $7,500 for health insurance and $2,000 for miscellaneous expenses.

The spending plan will receive final approval at the 7 p.m. Dec. 27 meeting.

With solicitor John Hodge having been elected judge of the Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, the board appointed attorney John R. Seltzer to replace him.

To be consistent with a new wage tax collection policy adopted by the Mohawk Area School District, the township will not collect any wage taxes owed that are less than $5. In addition, the township will not make any wage tax refunds that total less than $5.

The supervisors agreed to provide tax collector Dolores McCullough with information about the township's action to be included with the next tax bill.

The supervisors appointed Sandy Enslen and Tina Leslie to serve as auditors.

Glenn Leslie, Bob Reno and newly elected Tom VanKirk, will meet to reorganize at 7 p.m. Jan. 3.

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