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Washington Twp.'s 2009 budget has no tax rate increase

November 01, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors have been taking a preliminary look at their 2009 operating budget, which proposes no tax rate increase.

The budget has about $5.7 million planned in operating funds.

Fees at the transfer station might be increased to $80 a ton from $75 a ton. Also, the price per bag might increase to $2 from $1.75.

Pavilion rental fees could increase by $10.

"There's no new items of major significance all the way through the general fund," Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

He hopes to collect several hundred thousand dollars of impact fees from the new Food Lion and/or hotel in 2009. That money could be directed to make a $299,000 payment to the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank, which loaned money used to pay for the Washington Township Boulevard bridge under construction. The 2009 payment would be the third of 10 payments.

The final budget is expected to be adopted Dec. 15. Public comment regarding the budget will be accepted at the Dec. 1 meeting.

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Police Chief Barry Keller presented his budget requests on Wednesday. Among them are salary increases and an additional $6,000 for fuel.

The supervisors told Keller he could buy an electronic non-radar device, which is a wireless system that projects two laser beams across a road to identify speeding vehicles.

"It sends (the information) wirelessly directly to the car, and the officer can initiate a traffic stop," Keller said of the $3,995 system.

The supervisors also said they would consider buying a trained dog and additional video cameras for the cruisers if Keller felt they were needed.

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