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Donegal Township holds line on taxes

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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 12:56 a.m.

Donegal Township real estate owners will not see a tax increase in 2013.

Supervisors approved a balanced budget this week that keeps the rate at 4 mills. Both revenues and expenditures are set at $646,112.

Supervisor Tom Stull Jr. said the millage rate hasn't been increased since the mid-1990s, when it went up 1 mill.

During public comment, businessman Bill Steele asked supervisors if they could do something about a mandate by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources , which prohibits trucks used for Steele's business to travel on old Route 31, a road that runs through state lands.

In the past, delivery trucks for Steele that were coming from Somerset would get off Route 31 at old Route 31 to get onto Camp Run Road and back to Steele's business.

Both of the intersections along this route are wide enough for the trucks to make the turns, he said. Now the trucks have to travel farther down Route 31 and turn directly onto Camp Run Road. Unfortunately, the opening onto Camp Run Road is not big enough for the trucks to make a clean turn, he said.

Steele asked supervisors if widening the opening is a possibility.

Supervisors agreed to call a meeting with the DCNR, Rep. Mike Reese, Sen. Richard Kasunic and PennDOT officials to see what can be done.

In other business, supervisors said no to a request from Champion Christian School officials to sell or give a right-of-way to the organization for a second entrance.

PennDOT officials would probably not approve such action anyhow, they said.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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