Tax Rate Remains Unchanged In Fairview Twp. 2014 Budget

The Fairview Township Board of Supervisors adopted the 2014 budget as proposed at the board’s December 2 meeting. The tax rate will remain the same at .0085 mills. The total expenses in the general fund are expected to be $1,316,384. The largest sources of revenue is expected to come from earned income tax in the amount of $681,584; and $320,000 in property taxes.

In other business, the board appointed a new zoning officer. John Doddo was named to the position at a salary of $25/hour until December

31. Effective January 1, 2014, Doddo will be paid $500 per month plus expenses.

The appointment was made after the board accepted the resignation of Frank Tirico who had served as the township’s zoning officer since April of this year. Tirico’s letter of resignation indicated he enjoyed the job but, due to a change in his personal situation, he had to tender his resignation.

Supervisor Russ Marhold thanked Tirico for his service to the township and noted Tirico “turned around the zoning office 150%” because of the zoning office’s switch to daylight hours.

The board also appointed William

F. Behm to the Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Board of Directors for a five-year term beginning January 6, 2014.

The board appointed Kovalchik, Kollar & Co. LLP to audit the township records at a cost of $4,375.

In other business, road master Marhold reported the public works department has been busy repairing the salt spreader and fixing plows. The road crew has been out three times in the two weeks prior to the meeting.

It has also been requested that residents remove portable basketball hoops from the roadways in order not to impede winter road maintenance.

Resident Jim Cornelius questioned the board on its decision to eliminate the requirement that the Mary Street bridge be replaced and instead request that the bridge be removed. Cornelius stated that, as a property owner, he thought he would have been notified of that decision. He expressed his opinion that the bridge was solid.

Supervisor Bob Orloski responded that the township has been spending money on engineering and legal fees on the bridge project and the board has an obligation to the taxpayers to save money. He stressed the township is trying to save money and not spend to replace it. The project has dragged on for nearly 20 years.

Cornelius maintained it should stay as it is.

Township solicitor Donald Brobst said the township is asking the PUC to change the order to replace it but it is the PUC’s decision.