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No increase in Berlin Township budget

By Kevin Kearney
December 26, 2012

The Berlin Township Board of Supervisors on December 18 unanimously adopted the 2013 budget with no tax increase. The total millage rate was set at 1.375. A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value.

The township’s income totals $484,239, while its expenses are listed at $461,095, for a net income of $23,144. The majority of the township’s income will come from taxes, $309,705, and intergovernmental revenue, $139,000. The top expenses are for general services, $239,550; general government $69,885; and public safety, $59,200.

The last time the township raised taxes was in January 2007, said supervisor Cathy Hunt.

The supervisors also said they will hold their reorganization meeting on January 7, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center.

In other business, the township received $2,342 in the state police fines and penalties payment related to money collected through September 1, 2012. The money will be placed in the general fund and can be used for purposes such as construction and maintenance of streets and highways.

Supervisor Charles Gries Jr. resigned his shared position of roadmaster, effective January 1, 2013, citing personal reasons. Chairman Paul Henry accepted the resignation with regret. The supervisors discussed possible replacements, but took no formal action.

The supervisors also observed a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting in Connecticut.