The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 22, 2013

Mahoning Township budget: No tax increase expected

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

— MAHONING TWP. — Residents in Mahoning Township can expect taxes to stay the same in 2014, according to township supervisors.

The supervisors have put the 2014 budget out for public viewing before they vote on it at their next meeting on Nov. 18.

The supervisors estimate that about $2.476 million will be spent over the course of 2014 and that costs including utilities, insurance, salaries and gas will each increase by about two to three percent over last year. Final costs for those categories have not yet come in, said supervisor chairperson Christine DeLong.

The increase in these costs will be paid with extra income collected by the township through fees such as zoning, building permits and parking, DeLong said.

The supervisors can’t forecast any changes that might happen to alter the budget before the year’s start, DeLong said.

The township expects to have about $149,000 left at the end of 2014. The money left over will be stored for any unforeseen township purchases or debts that will need to be paid, DeLong said.

About $1.194 million will be spent on general township costs, including insurance, with $610,200 for the police station, the street department receiving $592,600, $70,000 for the fire station and $8,500 spent on township lights and hydrants.

This time last year, Mahoning Township’s budget for 2013 was estimated at about $2.267 million. As the year is not yet over, the final amount may come in differently, DeLong said.

Last year, the supervisors raised taxes by one mill, the first time taxes had been raised in the township since 2007. The raise was done to ensure there would be money available in case of a township emergency, said supervisor Wayne Myers. Before the increase, there would have been only about $17,000 left over for additional costs the following year, which the township easily would have gone through if anything went wrong at the police department or street department, Myers said. The increase added roughly $100,000 more to the borough’s funds over the course of 2013.