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West Deer plans to collect new tax

| Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005

Supervisors approved the 2006 budget Wednesday and agreed to start the process of collecting a new fire tax, which may mean the budget has to be reopened in January.

The $2.9 million budget, approved with no tax increase from the current 1.71 millage rate, includes $150,000 for fire protection in case the fire tax didn't pass on a voter referendum in November.

The fee, which passed by about 69 percent, is capped at $40 per household and $100 per business.

"We may reopen the budget in January to address the possibility of adjusting the budget based on the fire tax here," said Ron Borczyk, supervisor chairman.

The tax is expected to generate about $225,000 each year and be divided among the three fire departments.

In other business:

  • Supervisors unanimously denied a proposal to build 160 single-family homes off Bakerstown and Monier roads, near the Deer Run Golf Course.

    Supervisors cited several reasons for voting against the Chapel Hills development, including that the location in the northeast section of the township doesn't fit with the goal of keeping sections West Deer rural.

    The proposed lot sizes also were too small for township requirements, and the developer didn't submit plans showing it would meet the requirement of reserving 30 percent of the development as open space, supervisors said.

    Residents from a nearby housing plan, the Links at Deer Run, gave a petition to the board purported to have 69 signatures also asking supervisors to vote down the development for similar reasons.

  • Bakerstown Road resident John Loeser asked the board to do something about the drainage at Bakerstown and Shepard roads.

    "The drains are too high," Loeser said. "Now the water is freezing and there's a black ice condition there.

    "There are probably half a dozen accidents there a year," Loeser said. "I've had to pull cars out of my yard."

    Supervisors said they would look into the matter.

  • Police Chief Jon Lape said the annual toy drive raised enough to give 675 gifts to 59 disadvantaged families, or 133 children.

  • The supervisor's reorganization meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Swearing in new board members will take place at about 7:15 p.m.

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