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By NATALIE GORSUCH
Williamsburg Correspondent 

Catharine Proposes Millage Increase to Assist Lack of Funds

 

November 23, 2022



At last month’s Catharine Township meeting, frustrated voices were heard — both from taxpayers and the roadmaster — about lack of funds for the township. During this month’s meeting held Nov. 17, township supervisors voted to increase their tax revenue. At a special meeting held earlier this month, the supervisors held a budget workshop where they worked on their budget to make up for some serious deficits they faced in the upcoming year.

The compromise was a .30 increase, which according to Township Auditor Daryl Cole, “was the least they can make it with.”

Supervisor Ken Brenneman agreed. “We need to do it.”

Brenneman made a motion to accept the new Millage Resolution with an increase from .641 mills to .941 mills. Ralph Rispoli seconded the motion and it passed. The motion to advertise the budget also passed.

For the past year, the township has been working toward an Act 537 plan for which they asked all residents to have their sewage system inspected. An update was given for that at the meeting, with 20 percent of residents still not inspected. A call into Blair County Sewage Enforcement Officer Luke Helsel was placed and his office is looking into those who have not yet applied or inspected.

In his roadmaster’s report, Michael Fay said that the township is in desperate need of snow plow drivers. This is a non-CDL position with a starting wage of $14/hour. Those interested are urged to contact the township office.

 

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