Taxes likely to stay steady for townships surrounding Bellefonte

Property owners in Spring, Benner and Marion townships will see their municipal tax bills stay the same next year, as the townships’ supervisors have approved budgets with no tax increases.

That is likely the same for property owners in Walker Township, too, where supervisors have approved a draft budget that calls for no tax increase.

The supervisors in Walker Township are slated to finalize their budget Dec. 27.

In Spring Township, the most populous of the townships in the Nittany Valley, supervisors are projecting $2.2 million in revenues and $2.27 million in expenses. The budget was approved last week.

Township Manager Bill MacMath said the deficit would be covered with money from reserves.

The budget provides for about $33,000 to buy new radios for the township’s police cruisers. MacMath said that will pay for three mobile radios and seven hand-held ones.

Spring Township is budgeting $7,400 to help with the maintenance of Robert Kepler Memorial Pool in Bellefonte.

Benner Township has a balanced budget of $1,627,720, which was approved last week.

The township plans to use money in its state fund to repair the Krout Road bridge.

Benner has budgeted about $5,000 for the Kepler Pool and another $3,000 for setting up the Nittany Valley Recreation Authority, which would oversee operations of the pool.

In Marion Township, supervisors are projecting they will have a surplus of more than $7,500 next year. They approved the budget Tuesday.

Revenues are projected to be $182,213 and expenses are at $174,660.

The township has budgeted $54,000 for road repairs and will fix Slaughterhouse Road, said Ellie Trulick, the township’s secretary and treasurer.

Walker Township supervisors are proposing to use reverses to cover a nearly $17,000 deficit in the 2013 budget that projects $842,763 in revenues and $859,695 in expenses.

The township has $130,000 budgeted for road improvements to Benner Road, Deitrich Road and Nittany Ridge Road, said Donna Reese, the township’s secretary and treasurer.