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West Donegal Makes Progress on 2019 Budget

West Donegal township supervisors discussed the 2019 budget and Township Manager John Yoder said it should be ready to advertise in November and adopt at the Dec. 10 supervisors meeting, eliminating the need for a December workshop meeting. The township is not planning any tax increase for 2019.

At their workshop meeting on Monday, Oct. 22, supervisors reached a consensus to add $1,000 to the amounts given to each the Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce and the Elizabethtown Public Library, which is an independent nonprofit. The business group is getting $8,000, up from $7,000 in 2018; the library is getting $38,500, up from $37,500 in 2018.

“She’s doing a bang-up job,” Yoder said, referring to Heather Hohenwater, the chamber’s executive director.

The requested budget for the Northwest Lancaster County Regional Police Department would cost West Donegal $1,616,342 if adopted in full, up from $1,4674,364 in 2018. But Yoder said the police commission, which is made up of supervisors from both West Donegal and Mount Joy townships, has the final say on that budget.

“Usually it comes down somewhat by the time the police commission gets done,” Yoder said.

In other business, supervisors approved a final payment of $3,992.64 to Custer Excavating for work done on Rutts Road. Supervisors also approved a resolution opposing centralizing collection of earned income tax from countywide offices into one statewide office and authorized Yoder to sign required documents to acquire a parcel of land adjoining the municipal office grounds from a nearby homeowner.

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