Dorrance Supervisors Hold Line On Taxes

At their Dec. 11 meeting, Dorrance Township supervisors passed the 2018 budget calling for no tax increases, discussed a resident complaint about litter from the K-Val convenience store and voted not to allow mini-casinos in the township.

Both income and expenditures are projected to total $806,765 in 2018. Millage remains at 0.75, meaning a property owner would pay $75 in taxes on a property valued at $100,000.

The total income figure includes $134,565 in liquid fuels, which is money that the state gives the township for road maintenance.

The remaining income is from real estate taxes ($130,000), earned income tax ($240,000), amusement tax ($17,000), zoning and permits (total of $10,500), and various other taxes, fines and miscellaneous receipts.

Two grants –a community development grant of $113,000 and a Local Share Account grant of $79,000 from county gaming funds –are listed in both income and expenditures because anytime the township receives a grant, the funds go into township accounts but are then paid out to contractors that complete the work funded by the grant. However, neither of the budgeted grants is yet a “done deal”; Secretary Pat Davis explained supervisors have applied for the grants, but word about whether they’ve received them won’t come until February for the community development grant and anywhere from April to August for the LSA grant. A “fire relief” line item of $14,000

is also listed in both income and expenditures because the township gets state fire aid that is then turned over to the fire department.

The largest expenditures are for roads ($122,500) and insurance ($121,000). The road figure includes wages as well as materials, repairs and equipment.

Other expenditures include:$88,750 for administration, which

includes salaries, engineering and legal fees, unemployment compensation, pension funds, Social Security, Medicare and other expenses. Each of the three supervisors receives a