DuBOIS — The Sandy Township Supervisors accepted the 2017 proposed $10,163,198 budget Monday, which includes no property tax increase.
The real estate levy of 15 mills includes 12 mills for general government, 2.5 mills for fire protection and one-half mill for the DuBois Public Library.
It means the owner of a $50,000 property will pay about $187 in taxes to the township. Residents also pay property and other taxes to Clearfield County and the DuBois Area School District.
The proposed general fund budget lists revenues of $5,138,000, an increase 1,177,800 from last year’s budget, and expenses of $5,071,250, an increase of $736,800 from last year’s budget.
The proposed budget includes $5,072,250 for the general fund, $1,902,100 for liquid fuels and $3,188,848 for the municipal authority which includes $2,297,000 for sewer and $891,848 for water.
Supervisor Dave Sylvis thanked Monella and the other employees who worked diligently on the budget and holding the line again on taxes this year.
“Thanks, Dave, for all you do,” Monella said.
Supervisors’ Chairman Jim Jeffers said he was also happy that Monella and the staff could keep the budget at no tax increase.
The proposed budget will be on public display beginning today (Tuesday), with final adoption of the budget scheduled for Dec. 19.
Monella gave an update on the smoke testing on the main and lateral sewer lines.
“The camera crew is still out there. To date, they have about 150 laterals complete,” Monella said. “There are about 80 manholes that are inspected.”
All of the smoke testing that the township wanted to have done with Gwin, Dobson Foreman Inc., of Altoona, is completed now, Monella said.
“We still have some smoke testing we want to do in the West Liberty and Slab Run areas,” Monella said. “Things are going well.”
Supervisor Mark Sullivan asked if there are any “big surprises” as a result of the testing and Monella said there were none.
Sylvis thanked Monella for all the hard work on getting the smoke testing done. He also thanked the employees for all the projects they completed this summer.
“They did a lot of work for the township this year and we appreciate all that they did,” Sylvis said. He also acknowledged the police and fire departments for all of their hard work.
“Along with the fire department, I noticed the news the last two days, with the cold weather, comes the fires, too,” Sylvis said. He urged the public to check their furnaces and get everything ready to go because winter is definitely here.
“After 45 years with the fire department, you know when the first cold snap hits, that is when the fires start,” Sylvis said.