Fairfield plans to hold line
Fairfield Township supervisors will likely hold the line at 3.1 mills for real estate taxes next year.
There will be little change from 2012's budget, with the exception of an incoming $127,000 in Marcellus shale Act 13 funds, supervisors determined during a budget workshop last week.
One mill generates $22,500. The proposed spending plan for 2013 totals about $762,400.
The township will put most of the Act 13 money in a savings account to be used for later projects. A portion will be used to cover the township's share of seven purchased fire hydrants.
Fairfield and the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County split the cost of the hydrants, which came in at about $3,700 each. They will be installed along the Johnstown-to-Ligonier water line constructed by the authority.
Supervisor Paul Altimus said one reason the township is putting aside Act 13 money is because it has not been sent by the state Public Utilities Commission.
“We're not in the habit of spending money we don't have,” Altimus said.
So the 2013 plan “is really very similar to last year's budget,” said township secretary/treasurer Emma Brendlinger.
The budget earmarks about $388,500 for the general fund, used to cover the cost of administration, including supervisors' salaries, as well as snow and ice removal supplies.
It contains an estimated $39,500 to be carried over from this year.
A fund totaling about $224,000 in money from the state will be used mostly for road and bridge repair and construction.
Supervisor Vaughn Tantlinger said he didn't expect many changes to the budget between the workshop held Nov. 1 and the supervisors' meeting set for 7 p.m. today, when supervisors will vote on the preliminary budget.
The final budget will be approved at a meeting set for 7 p.m. Dec. 13.
Jewels Phraner is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘Let It Snow’ filming on Ligonier Diamond
- Ligonier Diamond hosting ‘Caroling for Coats’ charity event