By CHERYL R. CLARKE
MANSFIELD - There will be no property tax increase for Richmond Township property owners this year, after township supervisors approve a balanced budget next month.
According to township Secretary Deb Kotulka, the $710,000 general budge and the $166,000 state budget balanced this year, so the millage will remain at 3 mills.
The state budget is used for roadwork, Kotulka said, including purchase of cinders, salt, signs, pipe and truck parts.
There currently is $308,000 in the Act 13 impact fee account, Kotulka said.
That money will "go into the capital reserve for now until the supervisors decide on the meeting room, which will come out of that."
Kotulka also said three new meeting room bids ranging from $98,000 and $180,000 are in but were tabled at Tuesday's meeting because one supervisor was absent due to a family emergency.
The supervisors delayed the decision to a special meeting to be held at the township building at 5 p.m. Nov. 18.
About $75,000 to $100,000 will be spent on roadwork, with an additional $8,000 for an updated multi-municipal comprehensive plan between Richmond Township, Mansfield Borough and Covington and Putnam townships.
All three budgets are available for public review, she added.
In connection with the search for an additional water source for the township, Kotulka said a water study commissioned by the water task force has been completed and can be viewed at www.richmondtwp.com.
She said the supervisors are in the process of adopting a road study to set speed limits on all 60 miles of township roads at between 25 and 35 mph.
"We've done the study and we think we will have an ordinance ready to adopt by early next year at the latest," she said.