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Washington Twp. tax rate holds

December 16, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Residents in Washington Township will not pay any additional property taxes in 2009.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Monday to approve the $10.1 million budget at the current rate of 4.4 mills, which actually is a 28 percent decrease from 2008, officials said.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said the 2009 final budget does not include any new items of major significance, and actually is down $2.3 million, now that the bridge on Washington Township Boulevard is being built.

The final budget approved Monday was the same as the preliminary budget approved in November, Christopher said.

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

Christopher said he hopes to collect several hundred thousand dollars of impact fees from the new Food Lion and/or hotel in 2009.

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That money could be directed to make a $299,000 payment to the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank, which loaned money used to pay for the Boulevard bridge. The 2009 payment would be the third of 10 payments.

Supervisors did not have any additional discussion of the budget on Monday.

Supervisor Elaine Gladhill was absent.

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