East Donegal Township has set a new property tax rate for 2018. The rate is going down from 3.95 mills in 2017 to 3.1165 mills in 2018. But that doesn’t mean property owners will pay less, because the new rate is based on the newly assessed property values.
Supervisors said at their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, that owners of property where assessments have increased by more than 27 percent will pay higher taxes. Taxes will decrease for residents whose assessments increased by less than 27 percent.
At the monthly meeting of the supervisors, the board presented a proposed 2018 budget – with projected revenues of $4,848,625 and projected expenditures of $4,846,651.34.
The budget includes a 3 percent wage hike for township employees, which is 10 percent of the general fund. Full-time and part-time wages total $474,302.
According to the plan, Parks and Recreation expenditures will be $181,500. Projects scheduled to be completed are: Fuhrman Park Ball Field renovation and fencing, R&J Pavilion roof, Fuhrman Park Pavilion repairs, Chickies Creek Day Use farmhouse, Riverfront Park playground equipment and Fuhrman Park parking lot paving and line painting.
Other general fund expenditures include debt service of $312,233 and replacement of a Public Works Storage Building, which will cost $120,000.
Planning/Zoning and Uniform Construction Code Enforcement line items total $84,792. Codification of the Zoning Ordinance update is projected to be $7,000.
Public safety expenditures include $1,358,045 for police, which represents 30 percent of the township’s expenditures. Emergency management and ambulance line items total $27,850. Fire line items total $447,748.
Expenditures also include Public Works projects, which includes the East High Street reconstruction of the roadway, curbs, sidewalks and storm sewers. A storage building will also be replaced.
Highway Aid projects include Village Square Drive/Morning Circle, Beattys Tollgate Road, rock salt for roadways and oil and chip projects on Donegal Springs Road, Iron Bridge Road, Long Lane, Oak Road and Beattys Tollgate Road.
Debt service on buildings and field lights is projected to cost $312,233.
The taxes from home assessments make up 42 percent of the township’s revenue. The new taxable assessment is $655,831,600, with $2,043,900 in revenue from the property tax.
The proposed spending plan includes revenues of $1,171,000 from 2018 earned income tax; $180,000 from the 2018 Real Estate Transfer Tax; and $120,000 from the 2018 Local Services Tax.
The proposed 2018 general fund budget is now being advertised to the public for review at www.eastdonegaltwp.com. The board will vote on the spending plan at its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 190 Rock Point Road, Marietta.