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Township budget holds line on taxes

November 22, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township taxpayers will see no increase in their township taxes next year if the Township Supervisors adopt a preliminary budget presented to them Monday night by Township Manager Michael Christopher.

The proposed budget of $12,187,780 is about $3 million more than this year's appropriation, but the increase is offset by higher income projections for next year, Christopher said.

The new budget has money for a full-time police officer to bring the Washington Township Police Department's total complement to 14 officers.

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It also adds a full-time parks department employee and a part-time office secretary.

The general fund budget goes to $3,968,450 next year, an increase from this year's budget of $3,742,350.

It shows a state loan of $2.5 million to pay toward the township's cost of building its one-mile-plus leg of the new Washington Township Boulevard. The money will be banked until needed to earn an estimated $85,000 in interest, an amount that Christopher said would offset some of the interest the township will pay the state for the loan.

The budget also reflects a projected $361,000 in per-lot impact fees charged to builders for commercial and residential developments. That money will go toward the nearly five-mile boulevard that will connect new housing developments stemming from a major rezoning of about 1,000 acres of farmland approved by supervisors two years ago.

That rezoning paved the way for Rouzerville Commons, a major new shopping center anchored by Wal-Mart and Lowe's stores now under construction. The first stretch of the new road, from Old Route 16 in Rouzerville to Old Forge Road, is just about complete.

The budget will be available for public viewing at the township office on Welty Road. The supervisors will hear public comments on the budget Dec. 5 with adoption scheduled for Dec. 15.

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