Dorrance Twp. Budget Holds Taxes Steady

In  their  November  agenda,  Dorrance  officials  lead  by  Chairman  Gary

 Zane  proposed  a  2014  Budget  with

 a  tight  rein  on  taxes. Representing  a  total  of  $551,957  in  income  and  expenses,  the  fiscal  plan  shows

 taxes  remaining  at  .0064  mills  or  $64  for  every  $100,000  in  assessed  value

 for  the  third  consecutive  year. The  balanced  blueprint  shows  anticipated

 income  of  $465,150  in  local  funds  and  $86,807  in  proposed  state

 road  funds.    The  2014  version  includes  approximately  $23,  000  more

 than  the  2013  total  of  $528,924. Topping  the  plus  column  is  earned  income  at  $240,000  with  property  taxes

 staying  at  $109,000  for  the  year.    As  a  result  of  revisions  to  the  county  earned

 income  tax  efforts,  collections  have

 stabilized  and  the  flow  is  more  consistent  under  contracted  collector  H.  A.  Berkheimer.

Expenses  are  dominated  by  road  issues,  with  estimates  of  $128,000  dedicated

 from  general  funds  along  with  the  state  funds.  Targeted  to  road  management,

 funds  will  also  be  used  for  equipment  maintenance  listed  at

 $15,000  and  $4,000  budgeted  for  street  lights.

Still  on  the  expenditure  roster,  insurance  costs  are  pegged  at  $

102,000  and  administration  totals  show  $91,000  in  anticipated  expenses.

The  detailed  budget  report  incorporates

 recycling  and  spring  cleanup  costs  of  just  under  $10,000.  In

 October  the  popular  recycling  program  drew  569  cars  and  received  $

31  in  donations.

The  board  agreed  to  donations  of  $

11,000  to  the  volunteer  fire  company  and  $5,000  to  the  ambulance.  State  fire  relief  payments  are  expected  in  the  amount  of  $13,000.

The  budget  will  be  considered  for  

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