Brown Township makes budget decisions as new year approaches

REEDSVILLE — The proposed Brown Township budget will be on display at the

township office.

During a meeting Monday night, the township supervisors voted to display the budget, which will be available for 20 days before adoption. Changes to the budget includes a fire tax increase and an increase to the Mifflin County Regional Police coverage for the township.

Teresa King, township secretary, said the fire tax is increasing from one mill to 1.55 mills. King said the increase is due to the increase of costs for the fire company to operate.

The township pays a specific amount for so many hours of police coverage. This year, the cost of the coverage is increasing $25,000.

In addition to the budget being on display, the cost and fees schedule will also be available for review during township business hours.

King also said, per request of the supervisors, she looked into the possibility of changing from oil to natural gas at the township building. She said she spoke with someone from UGI who said if the township were to dig the trench themselves, UGI would connect and install the lines for free. There would also be no charge until the natural gas is used.

During the meeting the supervisors also:

¯ Approved to send their building code official to a refresh schooling held from Dec. 12-15;

¯ Approved the Nittany Engineering proposal for Community Development Block Grant project;

¯ Released the maintenance bond and irrevocable letter of credit for Cedar Hill Manor Phase III;

¯ Approved a donation of $100 to the Mifflin County Parks and Recreational Council;

¯ Approved 64 Per Capita tax exoneration requests;

¯ Voted to have Christmas tree pickup Jan. 4 and Jan. 11.

The Brown Township Supervisors meet at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at the township building.