BROCKWAY — At their regular meeting at the end of November, the Snyder Township Supervisors gave approval to advertise the proposed budget for 2018.
The general fund will be balanced at $721,090. This is an increase of $52,430 over the current figure for 2017, but the supervisors expect to have a balance of about $50,000 remaining from this year. There is no plan to have any increase of taxes. The budget will be posted on the township’s website at www.snydertwp.com.
According to the budgets for both years, donations were listed for local organizations as follows:
- $500 to the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
- $6,000 to the Brockway Recreation Board
- $400 to the Historical Society
- $3,000 to the Mengle Memorial Library
- $500 to the local Senior Citizens Program
- $500 to the Jefferson County Townships’ Scholarship Program.
After evaluating various interest rates on investments, the supervisors will also advertise an ordinance to consider placing some funds with PLGIT (Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust) where there is a possibility of earning higher rates than local banks can offer.
The township’s insurance contract will be renewed for 2018 with St. Marys Insurance which provided the lowest price for the coverage.
Emergency Management Director Terry Fustine reported on the conversion of the township siren for weather alerts. It will be tested at noon on the second Wednesday of April and at 6 p.m. in August.
Acting Fire Chief Ralph Reed Jr. reported that there have been seven alarms since the last meeting, bringing the year’s total to 146 so far. The fire engine will be used for the collection of food on Saturday, Dec. 10, and there will be a controlled burn at an abandoned house across from the Sugar Hill Presbyterian Church for training purposes.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Township Building along Route 28 south of Brockway. The organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2. The township auditors will then organize at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4.