Woodward Township taxes to stay the same

LOCKPORT — Woodward Township taxes for 2017 will stay the same as this year, according to the proposed budget.

The township supervisors approved a budget of $865,537 for next year which is $1,401 less than the 2016 spending plan and should still have some money to carry over into 2018.

The $865,537 includes $724,599 for the General Fund income and expenses, $120,204 from state aid, and $20,734 in recreation income with only $17,323 in recreation expenses, leaving a potential carry-over of $3,411.

Real estate taxes are expected to bring in $340,889 which is about $7,000 more than collected this year.

Earned income taxes are budgeted at $234,686, about $5,000 less than will be collected this year.

Real estate transfer taxes are budgeted at $22,958, business privilege taxes at $7,848, and local government services taxes at $1,788, all about the same as this year’s estimated figures.

Revenue from the river lots is budgeted at $21,450, the same as the last two years.

Gas impact fees are estimated at $15,455, which is $3,000 less than will be collected this year.

On the expenditure side, the township employees, including the police chief and officers, would receive a 2 percent raise next year, the same percentage as this year.

Capital expenses are budgeted at $10,734 which includes computer upgrades at the township building.

The police department expenses are listed at $207,435, which is about $47,000 than is to be spent this year. The big expense expected next year is $40,000 for a Ford Interceptor SUV.

The police payroll would total only $94,553, with fewer officers listed in the budget. Police Chief Steve Falotico’s salary is $46,818. Health insurance is listed at $6,674 and other insurance at $12,510.

Administration expenses would total $178,117, which is about $4,500 less than will be spent this year. These expenses include $25,569 for recreation, $13,001 for Dunnstown Fire Co. which is about $2,000 more than budgeted for this year, $11,220 for legal services, and $806 for engineering services.

Administrative payroll would total $57,109, including $31,815 for township secretary Jacqueline Bartlett.

The supervisors are paid $1,000 each. Supervisor Chair Clyde Glossner would be paid $9,524 additional for his work as road master. Supervisor Brian Hoy would be paid $2,862 extra and Supervisor Kyle Coleman would be paid $1,509 extra.

Highway expenses are listed at $339,047, about $20,000 more than will be spent this year. A new bed will be installed on the Peterbilt truck for $35,000. Maintenance on roads and bridges is budgeted at $38,864 and snow removal at $12,240.

Payroll for the borough crew is listed at $121,775, including $39,144 for crew foreman Randy Merrill. Health insurance would total $14,248 and other insurance $16,681.

The liquid fuels tax appropriation from the state, to be used for roads and bridges, is listed at $105,980. The money from the turnback program, with the township taking care of former state roads, the township expects to have a total of $120,204 for roads and bridges and to spend $35,204 on snow removal, $70,000 for highway construction, and $15,000 for other road and bridge expenses.

The Recreation Fund should see revenue of $20,734 including $9,500 in grant funds. Expenses are listed at $17,323.

The “Special Recreation Account,” which was established to handle grant funds for the construction of the new pavilion in Riverview Park, should close out by the end of this month, with income and expenses totaling $63,976.

OTHER MATTERS

Coleman reported privacy walls will be installed at the bathrooms in Riverview Park and funding is available to do it. A water fountain was discussed, he said, but it would have to be handicapped-accessible and that makes it too inexpensive to install.

Dates have been scheduled for the annual egg hunt which is set for April 9, and Riverfest which is set for July 13 to 15.

The annual Out of Darkness Walk in Riverview Park raised about $7,000 for suicide awareness in Clinton County this year, reported Heather Garbrick who chairs the effort. Next year’s will be held on Sept. 24 in the park.

The township now has a copy of the survey conducted by Dunnstable Township’s surveyor of the boundary line between the two municipalities, Glossner said. The Woodward surveyor and the supervisors have questions about it, he said.

The shed involved in a subdivision on Cider Press Road has been moved so that it is no longer too close to the new property created by the subdivision, the supervisors said. The previous owner reportedly moved it, as he was supposed to.

This past month, the police department made 21 traffic arrests and two criminal arrests, dealt with two warrants, issued 21 written warnings and eight verbal warnings, did seven commercial truck inspections, responded to two vehicle accidents and 149 total calls for service, did 62 follow-up investigations, and drove 1,490 miles.

Hoy noted the officers spent only four and a half hours in court this past month which shows they are doing their jobs well.

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