Tax rate stable in West Cocalico for 2016

By on November 10, 2015


West Cocalico Township residents got early holiday presents at the Nov. 5 supervisors meeting.

“There will be no tax increase,” said Carolyn Hildebrand, township manager, as she reviewed the 2016 budget.

The millage is the same as last year which is 2.175.

“The primary project we are planning for next year is the Chapel Gate Park project ($150,000) which includes a walking trail, additional playground equipment, and another picnic area,” Hildebrand said.

The township is required to have a new Act 537 plan by the fall of 2016. A total of $80,000 is in the budget for existing sewage disposal problems and future sewage disposal needs.

“We also have money in for stormwater management which includes finishing the Lancaster Farmland Trust farm survey, having a Chesapeake bay pollutant reduction plan prepared (required to be done in 2016), and developing a stormwater management plan which is overarching the minimum control measures which must be addressed,” Hildebrand said.

“We put extra money into the snow and ice removal categories as the last two years have needed significant funds,” said Hildebrand.

Township officials also plan to purchase a new 550 dump truck ($80,000) to replace a 2001 truck.

Two minor building projects are planned. The salt shed doors will be replaced ($20,000) and the area around the fuel tanks will be paved ($5,000).

It’s unclear what the fund balance is for the end of 2015.

“Until all the revenues come in, it’s a moving target,” said James J. Stoner, supervisor. “It will be moved in to next year’s budget.”

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