PLAINS TWP. – The township commissioners unanimously approved a balanced $8.7 million budget for 2013 during Thursday night's regular meeting.
The property tax rate will remain at 1.77 mills. A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value.
In other matters, the board also unanimously adopted six resolutions to apply for grant funding derived from casino profits. Four of the applications focus on community improvements.
The township is looking to repair flood gates at Courtright Street, Wilson Corners and Center Street in the Plainsville Flats section of the township. Plans are also in the works to improve street conditions in Heavenlee Acres and undertake renovations to the area known as The Brick on the corner of Carey and Main streets near Turkey Hill.
The township also intends to obtain ownership of the former U.S. Army Reserves building on state Route 315. The property is currently owned by the federal government but can be transferred to the township at no cost, as long as it is used for emergency services purposes. Once transferred, the land will serve as the municipal emergency services headquarters.
Township officials hope to use casino funding to renovate the property.
With regard to the other two applications, the township is serving as sponsor for expansion projects for the Woodlands Inn & Resort and Geisinger Wyoming Valley.
Board President Ron Filippini described the government sponsorship of the grant applications for private entities as economic measures intended to spur job creation.
The township commissioners' next meeting in Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.