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Buffalo Township supervisors approve budget, keep tax rate steady

| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:22 a.m.

Real estate taxes will remain the same in Buffalo Township next year.

Supervisors on Wednesday night gave final approval to a $1.7 million budget that keep the real estate tax rate at 3.38 mills.

The local services tax will remain $47.

The biggest portion of the budget is designated for public works at almost $357,000. Police wages are pegged at $349,000.

A carryover of $27,000 from the current year will go into next year's spending program.

Supervisors on Jan. 7 expect to approve a tax anticipation loan to cover expenses until tax dollars start rolling in sometime in May.

Commercial subdivision approved

Supervisors gave the OK to Cabot Resources Corp. to create a 3.7-acre parcel at the corner of Route 356 and Silverville Road, near the Park ‘n' Ride.

Cabot Resources hopes to use the new parcel to attract a hotel or motel on the property.

The developer has no current plans for the remaining 19 acres, known as the Capitol Park Plan.

Entrances and exits also were approved by township officials.

Joe Conway, representing Cabot Resources, feels the new parcel will be easier to market.

In other business

• Supervisors discussed recent traffic accidents that took out three pedestrian crosswalk poles at the corner of Route 356 and Monroe Road and at the intersection of 356 and Route 228.

Replacement costs will be nearly $10,000, but officials will turn in claims to the township's insurance carrier.

One pole replacement will be covered by the motorist's insurance company, while the other two accidents were hit-and-runs.

The township has a $500 deductible on its policy.

• Justin Bouch and Daniel Ambrose were hired as part-time police officers at a rate of $12.33 per hour.

That will bring the number of part-time officers to four, complementing the five-man, full-time force.

• Supervisors meetings will remain at 7:30 next year on the second Wednesday of the month.

Additional meetings will be added on the fourth Wednesday from January through May, and in September and October.

The exception is the reorganization meeting set for Monday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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