BEAR CREEK TWP. – The township will hold the line on taxes and still have funds left over, according to the 2013 budget passed Monday.
The supervisors unanimously approved the $525,850 spending plan, which hold taxes to .4412 mills for the fourth consecutive year. The budget was a net difference of $7,718 over the proposed budget approved in November.
A mill is $1 of tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value.
In other business, the board approved two resolutions that will allow it to seek gaming grant money for paving projects. One resolution pertained to seeking $188,600 for restoration and paving work on Weiss Road in White Haven/Poconos, while the other seeks $520,000 for similar work in Laurel Brook.
Supervisor Jim Smith announced that the township had received a grant from The Luzerne Foundation to cover the more than $147,000 recently paid for a new truck and snow plow.
HANOVER TWP. – Commissioners unanimously passed a $9.9 million balanced budget for 2013 at Monday night's meeting.
The spending plan contains no tax increases or loss of services and holds the millage rate at 5.5. A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value.
One mill brings in approximately $1.8 million in revenue for the township.
We've worked hard to not raise taxes, said Commissioner Chairman Albert Bagusky. We did it and didn't cut any services.
LEHMAN TWP. – The 2013 budget of $1.2 million, which the Board of Supervisors passed at Monday's regular meeting, includes a small property tax increase of a fifth of a mill, from 1.25 to 1.45 mills.
The increase, which amounts to roughly $25 per household, is necessary due to the rising cost of health insurance and other expenses, Treasurer Al Cragle said.
A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value.
In other business, the board approved a resolution to authorize the Back Mountain Regional Fire and EMS to operate in the township.
NUANGOLA – Mayor Norman Rule broke a 3-3 tie that resulted in borough council enacting a 2013 budget on Monday night that calls for spending of $287,271. Basic real estate tax rates under the plan submitted by John Kochan, chairman of council, will be sustained at .444 mills.
A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.
Overall, Kochan's plan estimates revenue at $322,047, creating a projected surplus of more than $40,000.
The split occurred when Kochan and Councilmen Joseph Tucker and Ron Kaiser cast affirmative votes. Three council members – Regina Plodwick, Ted Vancosky and Tony DeLuca – voted no. The mayor then broke the tie.
After the meeting, Vancosky and Plodwick said they opposed the budget because they have doubts about the amount of money that the sewer authority is scheduled to reimburse to the borough.
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