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Washington Township Supervisors seek public input on proposed budget

December 03, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — In the final weeks before they adopt a 2013 spending plan, the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors are seeking public input on a proposed budget that includes a property tax increase.

The budget, which can be viewed at www.washtwp-franklin.org, will be discussed in upcoming workshop meetings prior to the planned Dec. 17 adoption, township officials said.

The preliminary $4.7 million budget includes a 2-mill tax increase.

A mill represents $1 of every $1,000 assessed property value. Each mill generates about $129,000 in revenue for the township, which has an overall tax rate of 4.4 mills currently.

A 2-mill increase will mean about a $40 increase for the average tax parcel, township officials said.

Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said Monday that she hopes to receive additional comments from taxpayers before Dec. 17.

Jeff Geesaman, chairman of the supervisors, said board members will continue to scrutinize the spending plan.

The township’s transfer station and recycling center are bringing in less money than they have previously. And the municipality’s costs associated with health insurance, workers’ compensation and other insurance programs are on the rise.

Last week, the supervisors discussed shrinking reserve funds, increasing gas prices and decreased earned income tax revenue.

“We’ve squeezed every penny we can, but we can’t get around workers’ comp and insurance,” Township Manager Mike Christopher said last Wednesday.

Geesaman expressed concerns at that meeting about keeping roads in good condition.

“You have to keep up with the regular maintenance,” he said, saying the township has not done paving on its roads this year.

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