BRECKNOCK TOWNSHIP — The Brecknock Township supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 3, set a date of Dec. 19 to adopt a proposed $2.2 million 2020 budget that includes a 0.25-mill real estate tax increase to help pay for a larger public works building. Township Secretary Hunter Ahrens said the budget shows a deficit of $102,953 to be paid by township reserves.

The tax increase, which would net the township approximately $62,000, will be used to help finance the facility, which is in the design stage.

If adopted this month, the millage would increase from 2.325 to 2.575, costing the owner of a property assessed at $100,000 a total of $257.50 yearly, an increase of $25. The need to house bigger equipment spurred the project to increase the building's size.

Olsen Design Group Architects Inc. of Reading is creating a preliminary design. The project is not expected to begin until at least next year.

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