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Clinton Twp. taxes to stay level

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 1:07 a.m.

Clinton Township's property tax likely will remain the same next year.

The township supervisors were to pass a 2013 preliminary budget on Tuesday night that is close to $1 million.

The proposed budget of about $932,000 is about $100,000 more than this year's budget of $832,000.

“That's a hefty total budget there,” Supervisors Chairwoman Mary Zacherl said.

The current tax rate is 4.13 mills.

Revenues are expected to rise. Part of next year's boost comes from the more than $20,000 the township expects to receive from the township's Marcellus shale natural gas wells.

The township was initially told it would get closer to $30,000, but recently found out the exact number is $21,070.

It also expects to get a boost from increased earned income and local service tax money.

The township is also expected to receive more money from natural gas wells once it leases some township property for natural gas rights.

Township officials are considering bids from two gas companies, PennEnergy and Huntley & Huntley Inc., for five-year leases.

Last month, the supervisors said they wouldn't make a decision before Nov. 12, but now say they are still not close to accepting any bids.

There are no specific projects set for next year, but supervisors say they will continue to focus on road maintenance. “It's always on the roads,” Zacherl said.

Zacherl also said the township hopes to be able to put a trail in Spring Valley Park.

The township will vote to pass its final budget in December.

Sarah Kovash is a freelance writer. Comments regarding this story may be sent to 724-226-4666 or vndcity@tribweb.com.

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