No Tax Increase in Lawrence Township’s Draft Budget

CLEARFIELD – A draft budget for 2017 was approved for advertisement at last night’s Lawrence Township meeting. The budget is balanced and there will not be a tax increase for 2017. 

Secretary Barbara Shaffner noted after the meeting that the budget will appear bigger than past years because the township usually does not include the sewer fund, but it was suggested they begin doing so.

The total budget is $4,066,889 with projected revenues and expenditures for the general fund at $2,852,373, the state liquid fuels at $430,082 and the sewer fund at $784,434.  The budget will be available for review for the next 30 days and adopted in December.

The supervisors approved a three-lot consolidation plan presented by Penn Highlands Healthcare.  The lots are on River Road and include the lot with the old Northwest Savings building.

Residents are reminded that the final scheduled day for leaf pick-up with the leaf vac is Friday, but due to possible rain the deadline could be extended to Monday. After that, any leaf pick-up will be if residents place the leaves in recyclable bags and call the township for pick-up.

Residents are also reminded if they are having any electrical or sewer work done they must call the township or PennSafe Inspection Services to find out if any permits are required.

Supervisor Chairman Randy Powell said he was contacted by a company, which recycles newspapers.  The company is interested in partnering with a non-profit organization in the area. 

The non-profit would collect old newspapers and the company would pick them up and pay the non-profit for their help. Powell said he has already made arrangements for storage of the newspapers.  Any non-profit interested in this opportunity should contact Powell or the township.

A discussion was held between the supervisors, Shaffner and Solicitor James Naddeo regarding workers compensation insurance for the two volunteers with Clearfield EMS. 

Because the ambulance service is based in the township, the township is responsible for ensuring the volunteers are covered.  Shaffner will contact the insurance company and determine the cost to cover the volunteers and then purchase the needed policy on behalf of the township.

Naddeo also informed the township that the recommendations he made regarding the draft charter for proposed consolidation were approved and added into the document.

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