Forward budget passes unanimously
In a brief New Year's Eve session, Forward Township's board of supervisors unanimously approved a $1,500,598 budget for 2014.
The budget holds the line on real estate taxes at 2.05 mills, which will provide a large portion of $1,114,337 in anticipated general government revenues.
The township anticipates $169,000 in miscellaneous revenues, $144,575 from charges for services offered, $59,110 from license and permit fees, $11,600 from fines and forfeitures and $1,976 in interest.
The largest portion of the Forward budget, $592,731, will go toward police operations.
Other anticipated expenditures include $376,330 for highways, roads and streets; $309,080 for miscellaneous costs; $160,607 for general government operations; $60,300 for other aspects of public safety; and $1,550 for recreation.
The budget was available for public review at the municipal building since Dec. 11.
The board concluded its regular Dec. 9 meeting and approved an amended seismic testing ordinance that was on the agenda but not acted on pending a review by affected township residents.
Solicitor Matthew Racunas said there were few substantial changes from an ordinance passed earlier in 2013. It will regulate activity by EQT and its partner Geokinetics USA Inc. as they try to map out where gas fields are found in the township.
Supervisors will reorganize at a special meeting on Monday at 7 p.m.
There are no changes in the board's makeup with supervisor Dave Magiske winning re-election in November and board chairman Thomas DeRosa and supervisor Ronald J. Skrinjorich continuing their terms.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967 or email@example.com.
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