No tax hike in Colebrookdale Township for 2014

The Colebrookdale Township commissioners on Monday voted to adopt a $3.7 million budget that included no new tax increases.

Township residents will pay a 2014 real estate tax rate of 3.5 mills, or $350.00 on a property assessed at $100,000.

The rate reflects no increase over 2013 levels. Commissioners last year raised the rate .5 mills after six years of no tax increases.

Other tax rates will also remain the same. The street light tax will remain at $.53 per front foot and the recycling fee will stay at $52 per year for single dwelling unit. As in previous years, senior citizens will receive a discounted recycling fee.

In other business, police chief David Viola received approval to hire a police officer to fill the opening vacated when he took over for former police chief Christopher Schott, who retired earlier this year.

Applications for the position will be available at the township building for a fee which is estimated to be roughly $25.

The commissioners approved $34,416 for the purchase of a new Ford F450 truck from E. M. Kutz, Inc., of Reading. The truck will be used by the township’s road crew.

Township Manager Cindy Conrad reported that access cards for the yard waste recycling center are still not available but that the center, located at 172 Fancy Hill Road in Amity Township, is currently accepting yard waste from township residents.

Commissioner Barry F. Baus did not attend the meeting.