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East Donegal’s Proposed 2020 Budget Has Same Tax Rate, Cuts Spending Over $350K

By KATCHA NEALE

Special to the Advocate

East Donegal Township’s proposed $4.75 million budget for 2020 cuts spending by more than $350,000 and would mean no tax increase.

Township Manager Jeff Butler presented the proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7. Total spending cuts are $377,790 . The tax rate is set at 3.1165 mills, which means $311.65 in township taxes for every $100,000 in assessed value.

The township will reserve $1,686,142 for police services, $19,200 for Northwest EMS, $175,500 for various parks projects, $37,000 for the Milanof-Schock Library and $18,000 for civil and military celebrations including the Memorial Day parade and contribution to the Maytown Historical Society. The Maytown-East Donegal Fire Department will receive $352,648, an increase of $63,300 from the current year, to include a new engine loan payment.

Public works projects will include Maytown alley road work beginning with Taylor Street from Elizabeth Street to Jacob Street, oil and chip road projects and stormwater improvements associated with the realignment of Coffee Goss Road and Evans Run floodplain restoration.

Park projects include investments in the Chickies Creek park master plan design and the Fuhrman ballfield as well as additional playground equipment.

Supervisors are scheduled to vote to adopt the budget Dec. 5. Before its adoption, the proposed 2020 budget will be available for review at the township office and online at www.eastdonegaltwp.com.

In other business, Matthew Kratz of the Emergency Health Services Federation presented commendations to Dan Houseal, Robert Eppley, Michael Rhoads and Nick Neely for their timely response and excellent care provided to a citizen in their response area and their commitment to the community through working in the emergency services system.

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