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Record budget approved

November 16, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - The Washington Township Supervisors on Monday night approved a preliminary $8.9 million 2005 budget, the largest in the township's history.

The new appropriation, which comes to $1 million more than the 2004 budget, does not require a hike in the current mill rate, Township Manager Michael A. Christopher said.

The preliminary budget calls for a $425,000 increase in general operating funds for next year, to $3.7 million. Among those costs is a 17 percent increase in premiums for health insurance for township employees.

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The new budget also provides money for an additional officer for the Washington Township Police Department, bringing its total complement to 13 officers.

The township expects to take in $320,000 for the new Washington Township Boulevard, which will connect the new Wal-Mart-anchored shopping center in Rouzerville. Construction on the center is slated to begin next year.

The boulevard, which will run for about five miles, has a dual purpose. It will connect the shopping center with eight large residential developments that were approved last year when the supervisors OK'd the rezoning of more than 1,000 acres of contiguous farmland, mostly for residential use. It also will serve as a bypass off Pa. 16 around the Borough of Waynesboro.

The new budget calls for all $320,000 to be spent on initial phases of the new boulevard next year. It includes $48,000 in developer impact fees, plus a $250,000 contribution from a major developer for administrative and right-of-way costs, plus some construction.

Included in the new budget is a $260,000 federal grant to build a one-mile Buchanan Trail Walkway along the south side of Pa. 16 connecting Waynesboro with Washington Township. Christopher said Monday he doesn't expect much progress on the project unless more money comes in for it.

Overall, Christopher told the supervisors, the new budget reflects the township's goal of charging developers impact fees to pay the cost of new infrastructure needed to support their projects.

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