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LEHMAN TWP. -- Supervisors on Monday passed the first reading of the proposed 2013 budget.

Due to the rising cost of fuel, insurance and other expenses, Chairman Dave Sutton said, there will be a small increase of a fifth of a mill, from 1.25 to 1.45. The increase equates to roughly an additional $25 per household, he pointed out.

A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value.

The board plans to adopt the $1.2 million plan at its December meeting.

In other business, the board voted to refinance a loan that was used to fund construction of the new road department building. The Pennstar Bank loan, which has a balance of $930,000 at a rate of 4.7 percent, will be transferred to Franklin Security Bank at a rate of 3.4 percent. The move will save the township approximately $100,000 over the 13 years left on the term.

It's because of the township's stable fiscal track record that we were able to get a lower rate, said John Jablowski, of Franklin Security Bank.

The board discussed the idea of partnering with the Dallas Area Municipal Authority to set up a composting site behind the municipal building.

DAMA owns a large, portable grinder that could be set up in the back parking lot, the board added.

What this means, folks, said Sutton, is that everyone can bring their yard waste here instead of burning in the woods. Sutton said the board would look into whether the property is zoned for that type of use before moving ahead.

This would be a very beneficial thing for DAMA and us, since DAMA doesn't have a lot of room, said Supervisor Doug Ide.

The board also:

Thanked township EMA coordinator Jim Welby and all of the township's emergency personnel for helping with emergencies during Hurricane Sandy.

Passed an updated version of the dog barking ordinance.

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