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Washington Township budget shrinks

November 18, 1997

Washington Township budget shrinks

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Taxpayers in Washington Township got some good news Monday when the township supervisors approved a 1998 preliminary general and state funds budget about $290,000 less than this year's, said Township Manager Michael A. Christopher.

"The 1998 operating budget consisting of the general fund and state liquid fuels fund is $2,497,500, or 10.45 percent lower than 1997," Christopher said.

Supervisors Chairman Richard Eigenbrode said the board may make some changes in the budget prior to giving it final approval on Dec. 15, but he doesn't expect anything major.

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"There will be no increase in taxes," he said. "We'll keep the same six mills we've had for the last 12 years."

One mill equals $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The total budget for the new year, including general, state and all special funds, comes to $5.1 million, down by about $145,000 from last year, or 2.76 percent, Christopher said.

According to Christopher, last year's budget included $334,000 in grant money to build the township's new recycling center. It was a big-ticket item that will not show up in the new budget, he said.

The preliminary budget also shows a year-end reserve of about $41,000, but Christopher said he expects some of that to melt away before the fiscal year ends.

The new budget reflects increases in state funding for highway construction and lower insurance costs thanks to reforms in the state's workmen's compensation laws, Christopher said.

The police department, with its 11 full-time officers, will get money for three new police cruisers and the township will budget payments next year for a new sweeper it has already received, he said.

The new budget also has money for raises of up to 3 percent for township employees, Christopher said.

The township employs 21 full-time and 20 part-time employees, he said.

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