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Parks taxes to double

| Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002

PARKS: Township property owners will see their municipal real estate taxes more than double next year under a tentative budget approved by supervisors at Monday night's meeting.

The current millage, 2.35 mills, would increase by 2.65 mills to 5 mills for 2003.

The tax hike reflects an increase of 112 percent.

It is the first increase in the township property tax in 14 years.

Supervisors chairman Franklin "Bud" Shannon said the increase is necessary due to increases in township expenses, supplies and insurance rates.

Township secretary Mary Ralston said the total budget figure is about $328,000.

One mill of township real estate tax brings in about $32,700.

In other business, supervisors:

  • Approved a request from the Parks Township Volunteer Fire Department to expand the department's usage area at the Dime Road building to include the former township meeting room.

    The fire department plans to use the extra room to house its computer equipment and for storage.

  • Appointed Carol Start, Sheila Knell, and Marlene Galiszewski to the township parks committee.

  • Approved a seven-year contract with cable companies AT&T Broadband, and TCI, which will run from Jan. 1, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2009.

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