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Buffalo Township taxes won't rise next year; John Haven resigns to join school board

| Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Buffalo Township plans to hold the line on real estate taxes next year.

Supervisors on Wednesday night passed a preliminary budget of $2.2 million that will maintain the real estate tax rate at 4.38 mills.

The spending program is about a $33,000 increase from this year's budget.

The township plans to take out a $200,000 tax anticipation loan that will allow Buffalo to pay expenses until tax revenue starts coming in. The biggest expenditure will be for police wages, which total $425,000 for the five full-time officers and several part-timers.

The whole police budget will be $496,000.

Wages for the public works department will total $220,000 with another $50,000 allotted for snow and ice removal in the event of a harsh winter. The township anticipates $291,500 from the state liquid fuels reimbursement.

The budget will be posted in the township office for 20 days starting on Thursday. Final passage is expected Dec. 13.

Supervisor candidates sought

Buffalo Township will be looking for not only a new supervisor, but a new supervisors chairman.

John Haven resigned Wednesday night after 11 years on the board, eight as chairman.

Haven was elected to a four-year term on the Freeport Area School Board on Tuesday.

The remaining supervisors will hold a special meeting to select a replacement for Haven at 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

Interested candidates should contact the township office at 724-295-2648.

Haven's term on the Buffalo Township Municipal Authority board will end on Dec. 31.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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