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Derry Township won’t raise taxes

Derry Township’s proposed 2015 budget shows an increase of roughly 6 percent in revenues and expenditures over 2014, supervisor Chairman Vince DeCario said this week.

The 2015 budget totals $3,244,300, up from $3,052,600. The real estate tax rate will remain steady at 3 mills.

The projected boost in revenue comes from a $100,000 increase in the estimated earned income tax, $10,000 more in local services tax and an increase of about $83,000 in liquid fuels allocation. The earned income tax revenue projection for 2015 jumps to $1.2 million, while the proposed budget estimates the local services tax to bring in $210,000 and a liquid fuels allocation of $518,000.

DeCario said the township plans to spend about $100,000 more on road and bridge work next year and budgeted about $35,000 more for public works wages. The budget shows an additional $12,000 for major equipment purchases and an increase of $8,000 to the township’s annual contribution to the fire department.

Supervisors voted to distribute $80,460.88 in Foreign Fire Insurance Premium Tax money to the Derry Township Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Relief Association in Bradenville. In previous years, those funds had been split between the Derry Township VFD and Eastern Derry VFD, with the Bradenville department receiving two-thirds and Eastern Derry getting the remainder.

With Eastern Derry taken out of service in late July because of expired vehicle insurance, the Bradenville department, which covers all fire calls in the township, will receive the full amount. DeCario said.

Supervisors voted to appeal a state Department of Environmental Protection administrative order to develop a coordinated Act 537 storm water management plan for overflow into the sewage systems of Latrobe, Unity, Derry Township and Youngstown.

“We want to get this done,” DeCario said. “I met with everybody … back in February. We all agreed everything was done, all we had to do was get our consent, everyone sign off and in another month we’ll have our taps. Plus, we’re going to have a million more gallon re-rate at the plant. Here it is, six months later and Unity’s holding everything up.”

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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