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Valley News Dispatch

West Deer holds line on taxes in $5.82M budget

| Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, 10:36 p.m.
West Deer Township municipal offices.
West Deer Township municipal offices.

After an increase this year to accommodate an ambitious paving program, West Deer's real estate taxes will remain at 2.99 mills for 2018.

Supervisors gave final approval Wednesday night on a $5.82 million budget for next year. That's a 4.9 percent decrease from this year's spending program of $6.12 million.

For the median assessed home value of $112,700 in West Deer, it means the township property tax bill will remain about $337.

The largest expenditure will be the $2.3 million set aside for public works that will include $1 million for paving roads.

Police wages and equipment will total $1.7 million next year to patrol the 28.5-square-mile township.

Police, secretaries get multi-year contracts

Supervisors also approved a new, three-year contract for the secretarial staff that will run from Jan. 1 until Dec. 31, 2020.

Wages will range from $17 per hour to $24.19 per hour, depending on experience.

Secretaries, represented by Teamsters Union Local 205, will receive a 2.75 percent pay increase in 2018 and 2019 and a 2.5 percent boost in 2020.

A new, four-year police contract also was approved, retroactive to Jan. 1.

Under an arbitrator's ruling, police will get a 3 percent retroactive raise for 2017, followed by 2.75 percent raises in 2018 and 2019, and 2.5 percent in 2020.

Police and municipal officials at Wednesday's meeting did not immediately have the range of salary figures available.

George Guido is a freelance writer. Staff writer Brian C. Rittmeyer contributed to this report.

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