No property tax hike planned in Washington Township

November 15, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Residents of Washington Township, Pa., are facing another year without a property tax increase.

The township supervisors have seen early drafts of the budget. They are scheduled to receive revisions in the next week, accept public comment Dec. 3 and adopt the budget Dec. 17.

The early version, which included all requests from department leaders, included $4.8 million in expenditures, a 9 percent increase over the 2007 budget, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

"This is the first draft and doesn't include any cuts," he said.

Some increases in expenditures were additional officers with the police department, increased allocations for employee benefits and higher allotments for fuel, Christopher said.


The budget originally reflected $4.6 million in revenue, although that has been changed courtesy of carry-over funds, Christopher said.

The township has no plans to enact the $52 local services tax being used in other municipalities, Christopher said.

"No new taxes are proposed with this," he said.

A mill represents $1 of every $1,000 assessed property value.

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