State College

College Township approves tentative 2014 budget, with no tax increase

The Township Council on Thursday night approved a tentative total $6.8 million budget for 2014, including no tax increase.

That document is available for review at the township building, 1481 E. College Ave., and the council will hold a public hearing on the budget Dec. 19.

During Thursday’s meeting, Councilman Rich Francke thanked township staff for putting together the document and encouraged residents to review it.

The township tax rate is proposed to remain at 4.9 mills next year, after a half-mill increase in 2013.

For 2014, the value of a mill in the township is $424,340.

A greater portion of the township’s taxes will help fund parks and recreation next year largely because of the region’s debt service to begin construction of the Oak Hall and Whitehall Road regional parks.

The township expects to pay $1.1 million in expenses to the Centre Region Council of Governments, which also includes services like the Centre Area Transportation Authority and Schlow Centre Region Library.

Some significant increases over the 2013 budget include various state highway fund projects ($162,051 more), the Parks and Recreation parks fund ($173,725 more), and road machinery ($84,350 more).