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Ligonier Township keeps tax rate steady in '08

| Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 7:12 p.m.

Residents of Ligonier Township won't face a tax increase based on the preliminary 2008 general fund budget.

Supervisors at Tuesday's meeting approved minutes for a recent special session at which the board tentatively adopted the $1.8 million budget proposal. The plan includes projected revenues that exceed projected expenditures by about $35,000.

Any spike in revenue is credited mainly to a consistent increase in earned income revenues in the past several years, said Supervisor Keith Whipkey.

The lack of a need for a tax hike is due to "commendable control of spending in all departments of the township," Whipkey said.

The tentative budget is available for public review at the municipal building. Supervisors will vote to officially adopt the plan at a special meeting at 8 a.m. Dec. 13.

In other business, supervisors voted to accept the resignation of Rose Stepnick from the recreation commission. Stepnick will remain the commission's volunteer project manager for an ongoing Rails-to-Trails initiative on a one-mile stretch of trail between Ligonier Valley High's Weller Field and Peoples Road, she said.

Stepnick had to resign as a voting member of the recreation commission to avoid a conflict of interest as she was appointed last month as an alternate on the township zoning hearing board.

The board will hold a public comment session at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 11 before its regularly scheduled 7 p.m. meeting on that date to discuss a proposed ordinance to amend the Emergency Medical Services tax to conform with new state guidelines that take effect Jan. 1.

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