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Derry Township holds line on taxes

| Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Derry Township supervisors voted last week to introduce a proposed 2014 budget with no tax increase.

The preliminary budget contains $3,052,600 in anticipated revenue, balanced with equal expenditures, and estimates the township's fund balance at the close of 2013 to total just over $1.26 million.

Expected revenues for the preliminary budget are based on the property tax rate remaining steady at 3 mills. The budget estimates each mill will generate $123,250 for the township.

Chairman Vince DeCario and Dave Slifka voted to approve a motion to put the budget on public display. Supervisor Dan Rullo, who lost his re-election bid to Republican Jim Prohaska by 90 votes in Tuesday's election, was absent due to illness, according to the other supervisors.

DeCario said the budget shows an increase of about $110,000 in revenues and expenditures. The budget projects increased revenues from real estate transfer tax and earned income tax, according to DeCario, and increased expenditures in workers' compensation expenses and major equipment purchases.

Supervisors heard from Derry Borough Council member Chad Fabian regarding a proposal to use leftover millings from borough paving projects. The millings are being stored by the township. Under the proposal, the township would use the millings to pave several alleys in the borough and in return would receive any excess millings for use on township paving projects. Fabian estimated the total value of the borough's millings at $15,000.

The supervisors approved a contract with Hoffman Boarding Kennels for dog control in 2014 at a rate of $60 per call. DeCario said the rate increased slightly in the new contract.

Supervisors also heard from Eastern Derry Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Piantine and another resident about issues caused by residents ignoring an ordinance requiring house numbers to be clearly displayed. Piantine said this creates problems for emergency responders trying to locate homes.

DeCario said the township's code enforcement officer will notify homeowners who aren't in compliance with the ordinance.

Supervisors approved motions to review three subdivision plans, and a motion to distribute $84,712.05 in Foreign Fire Insurance Premium Tax money to the township's two Firefighter Relief Associations, with $55,062.83 allotted to Derry Township Volunteer Fire Department and $29,649.22 to Eastern Derry Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The supervisors authorized the proper parties — Derry Township, Unity Township, the city of Latrobe and the municipalities' respective municipal authorities — to meet with the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding each group's responsibilities under the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act for overflows in the sewage system serving Unity, Latrobe, Derry, Derry Township and Youngstown.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913, or greinbold@tribweb.com.

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