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Johnson Motors - 877-816-0659
Pine Township OKs budget
Thursday, November 29, 2012
By Ian Erickson Staff Writer
Pine Township Supervisors, at last night's meeting, voted to accept their 2013 budget. The budget is balanced with total income and expenses at $49,515.70.
Supervisors said they received no calls from residents asking to view the budget or questions regarding the budget.
Before accepting the budget, supervisors passed Resolution No. 2012-04 to officially repeal the levy of real property taxes effective Jan. 1, 2013. At the October meeting, supervisors discussed doing away with property taxes beginning with next year's budget.
Gary Bowser, chairman, and Harry Robbins, supervisor, said from everything they've heard, having no township property tax is allowed. Robbins added that the township won't get billed for the books anymore or for the statements.
Bowser's only concern was, if there are residents who haven't been paying taxes, would the township still make them pay those taxes. Robbins said the payments would still be enforced because the resolution doesn't take effect until Jan. 1, 2013.
The only time an issue may occur is if the township would have to re-implement property taxes, said Bowser. He said that residents won't want to go back to paying taxes after not paying them.
Supervisors were informed by Carol Romanski-Fisher, secretary/treasurer, that the township received its Act 13 (impact fee) check for Marcellus shale drilling. The township received $10,281.48, and will use these funds for tax relief. Robbins said this amount would equal about four years of lost taxes. The supervisors decided to set up a separate bank account for this check.
In other business, supervisors:
• approved and paid bills.
• were notified the township will receive two checks from the state police Monday. The first check is $90.49, which is for Jan. 1 through Sept. 1, and the second is $39.78, for Sept. 1 through Dec. 1. Townships with less than 3,000 residents are being reimbursed because there is a change in the issuing of fines.
Pine Township Supervisors' next meeting will be held Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. at the offices at S.B. Elliott State Park.
The supervisors' reorganizational meeting will be held Jan. 7.
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