when: West Earl Township Supervisors Meeting, November 14th.
what happened: The Board approved the promotion of the 2023 Interim Township Budget with property tax increases and a new fire tax. The tax rate increases from 1.266 mils to 1.316 mils and increases to 0.245 mils for the new fire tax. A property valued at $100,000 would have a tax liability of $156.10.
Key number: The proposed budget lists total revenues of $4.3 million. This includes $6.7 million carried forward from the previous year for a total of $11.1 million. The total cost is projected to be $5.5 million. Major expenditures next year include his $2.4 million to fund the West Earl Police Department and local government costs projected at $915,948, which consist of staff costs, security deposits and insurance premiums. increase.
ARPA: Township manager Jenna Seascholz said in a Nov. 16 email that local government spending includes $794,738 in West Earl’s American Relief Plan Act funds. West Earl has designated his $350,000 for the East Main Street water main replacement project in Brownstown. Seescholz wrote after the meeting that the remaining balance of ARPA funds had not yet been allocated.
Fire tax: Chair Dave Thornton said on 24 October that the topic had come up at the recent 2023 budget meeting. He added that the township is “thinking outside the box” on how to continue to fund the West Earl and Farmersville fire departments. He also said the tax would provide each fire department with a “known amount” each year.
Usage: Pursuant to the state’s Class 2 Township Code, fire tax revenues are used to maintain fire stations, purchase equipment, and pay for nearby fire companies. The fire tax can be used for firefighting training facilities and human resource development, and can also be contracted with local governments and firefighting teams for fire prevention. According to Pennsylvania’s Class 2 Township Law, annual fire taxes cannot exceed 3 mils.
Community contribution: West Earl’s annual library contribution continues at $4,000 to the Lancaster Public Library. The township will also make a donation of $4,280 to the Lancaster County Anti-Drug Commission.
Next meeting: The Board will meet again on November 28 at 7:00 pm at the Township Building, 157 Brownstown W. Metzeler Road.
— Brenden Curry
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