Richland's 2020 budget has 1% increase - PineCreek Journal

Richland’s 2020 budget has 1% increase

Monday, December 23, 2019 | 12:01 AM

In the final meeting of 2019, the Richland board of supervisors voted to adopt the 2020 budget for the township set at $6,878,200.

No one came forth with comment during the public hearing at the start of the Dec. 18 meeting, and the budget, along with several other measures, was adopted shortly thereafter.

The budget for 2020 is a 1% increase, or $33,800, over 2019 and includes a $1.63 million contribution to the Northern Regional Police Department, $1.2 million in paving projects, $1.04 million in employee salaries and $1.02 million to be paid to the Allegheny Valley Joint Sewage Authority, Deer Creek Drainage Basin Authority and Hampton Sewage Treatment Plant to transport and treat sanitary waste. Highway and road expenditures represent 32% of the annual budget and public safety, including fire, is 35% of the budget.

Additional expenditures include the cost of operating Richland Township Community Park, contributions to the Northern Tier Regional Library and general government, including tax collection.

The township also voted to keep the real estate tax the same for 2020 at 2.2 mills and approved the 2019 applicants for certification under the township’s Volunteer Service Credit Program, allowing them to get up to a $350 tax credit for 2019.

Supervisors Skip Allen, Ray P. Kendrick and Donna Snyder, who were reelected in November, took the oath of office at the end of the meeting for their new terms beginning Jan. 1. At the end of this four-year term, Kendrick will have served the township as a supervisor for 40 years, Allen for 23 years and Snyder for nine.