Wetmore supervisors adopt budget with no tax hike

Wetmore Township again has a budget without an increase in property taxes.Supervisors Ron Conklin, Steve Dyne and Bill Ryding acted Tuesday to adopt a 2012 budget that retains a tax rate of .65 mills. Owners of property within 780 feet of a fire hydrant pay an additional .35 mills for a total tax burden of 1 mill.The budget calls for expenditures of $591,816. Revenues are listed at $531,598. A projected $53,000 surplus at the end of this year will help close the budget gap, it was pointed out. In other business at the 86-minute meeting at the township building along Spring Street in East Kane, the supervisors:*Agreed to send a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to seek action on long-planned improvements on the James City hill on Route 66 south of Kane."Gabby" Morris of James City prompted the action. One of 20 persons at the meeting, Morris said "it's time somebody does something" to improve travel on the hill. She said there have been more than 50 traffic accidents on the hill, including a Nov. 28 crash that killed three Pittsburgh area men en route to a hunting camp.Morris called for PennDOT engineers to make design changes for the highway that she claims was "built for the horse and buggy days."*Agreed to renew a bond for township treasurer Elaine Bodistow in the amount of $500,000. Bodistow is expected to continue as the township's paid secretary-treasurer after she is sworn in next month as a new supervisor.See full article by purchasing the Dec. 7 edition of The Kane Republican.