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Woodward supers consider fire tax

Public invited to informational meeting

DUNNSTOWN — Woodward Township’s supervisors and members of the Dunnstown Fire Company will be holding the second of two public meetings regarding a proposed fire tax on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the fire hall, 119 Woodward Ave., Lock Haven.

The proposed tax would be based on the assessed value of a homeowner’s property but a millage rate hasn’t been set, Supervisor Chairman Kyle Coleman said.

The purpose of the meeting is to give township residents a chance to ask questions and express their feelings about the proposed tax.

“We want to talk to people and get an idea on any questions they may have or concerns,” Coleman said.

The supervisors and members of the fire company also want to showcase the work it takes to run the heavily volunteer based organization.

“I think that there are a lot of people in the community that aren’t aware of what it takes to run a fire company and it’s not getting any easier. It’s a lot of work,” he said.

During the previous meeting held on Jan. 8, Coleman said he felt those in attendance learned a lot about the fire company as well as asked good questions.

“There were some good questions that were brought up the other night,” he said. “The majority of the people were stunned at what it costs to run the company.”

If the second meeting were to go as well as the first, Coleman said he and fellow supervisors, Wayne Love and John Barth, would attempt to set a millage rate and implement the tax for 2020.

“The plan right now is to try and get it figured out and implemented this year,” Coleman said.

If the tax is implemented, the township would remain in control of the money with the fire company officials submitting written requests for the funds.

“The township will be in control of the money. There would be another bank account established for the fire tax money that would come into the township,” he said. “The fire company will have to submit a written request… and it would be approved at a meeting.”

Coleman encourages any township residents that can attend the meeting come and learn more about the proposed tax.

“Come in and ask questions and get a better understanding on what everything is,” he said.

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