State College

College Township keeps taxes steady

The Township Council approved the proposed 2015 budget unanimously Thursday, holding the millage rate at 4.9 mills.

Budgeted revenues are about $6.3 million with budgeted expenses of about $6.8 million, according to township Manager Adam Brumbaugh. The $509,725 deficit will leave an ending fund balance of $1.5 million.

“All that we really have done is some shifting around the millages between the different categories of funds that comprise our budget to help offset surpluses in some areas and make up for deficits in some of the other funds,” Brumbaugh said.

One mill brings in $429,240 into the township, he said, with property and school taxes making up 72 percent of the township revenue.

The township will also receive $100,000 in new revenue with a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant for the planning and engineering of the Puddintown Road bike path, he said.

In other business, Thursday’s meeting marked the last for council Vice Chairwoman Mary Shoemaker.

Shoemaker announced her plan to resign from the council in November.

Her position is slated to be filled during the Jan. 5 township reorganization meeting. According to Brumbaugh, the position was advertised for about three weeks. Four people, whose names were not disclosed, have been chosen as a potential replacement.

These four will be interviewed Dec. 23, he said. Shoemaker said she will participate in the interviews and offer her input, but will not vote on the final candidate.

The person the council chooses will remain in this position for the remainder of Shoemaker’s term, Brumbaugh said, which expires Dec. 31, 2015.

Councilman Lynn Herman said she will be missed and thanked her for her leadership.

Shoemaker thanked the staff and council for their diligence in addressing difficult and complex issues.

“The decisions that we made affect the township for a long time to come,” she said, “and so I look forward to your continued involvement in 2015.”