Loyalsock Township OKs no-tax-hike 2019 budget

Loyalsock Township Supervisors Tuesday night unanimously approved a 2019 budget that keeps the real estate tax millage at 0.5 mills.

The $7.56 million spending plan was approved by a vote of 5-0.

Voting yes were Marc Sortman, John Bower, Virginia Eaton, Rick Wheeland and Paul Nyman.

Real estate taxes raise about $200,000 in revenues for the township while business privileges taxes, assessed on commercial enterprises, bring in about $300,000.

A 0.5 of 1 percent earned income tax yields another $1.4 million in revenues.

After some discussion, supervisors approved a land development plan at 2409 E. Third St.

George Hutchinson Development Group is looking to locate a bank at the site.

Joe Cipriani, of BTS Investments, whose business abuts the site, said he was concerned about a drop-off between the properties.

He wanted to know who would be held liable if someone were to get hurt from falling from the cliff.

Gabe Hutchinson said he planned to erect a fence there.

The township planning commission recommended the plan for approval with some stipulations, including putting up a fence and coming up with final stormwater plans.

In other land development matters, supervisors approved a request from Marshall Sparks to add on some two acres of land to his 30-acre parcel at 1634 Log Run Road.

Supervisors agreed to accept a reduced assessment property value for Williamsport Hospitality.

The legal assessment appeal involves two motels, Candlewood Suites and Best Western, and a reduced value of about $1.5 million.

Township manager Bill Burdett said the issue was first considered by Lycoming County.

He said if given final approval, the reassessment would mean reduced tax revenues for the township of between $800 and $900 annually.

In personnel moves, Chelsea Blair was designated as the agent for the township’s flood buyout reimbursements.

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