No tax hike in Ephrata Twp.

By on December 30, 2014

Ephrata Township logoThe Ephrata Township Board of Supervisors has approved a 2015 budget that holds the line on property taxes.

“We are not increasing the tax rate which is currently at 1.37 mills,” explained Steve Sawyer, township manager. He noted that $1 million-plus in earned income taxes comprise the major source of revenues for the township followed by real estate taxes of $820,000.

The largest expenditure is the police budget at $1.55 million. Funding for the highway department totals $776,400, of which $476,400 is paid from the general fund and $300,000 from liquid fuels funds.

The board adopted the budget at its Dec. 16 meeting.

Supervisors also approved funding of 29.5 percent of the costs for a live-scan digital imaging system for the police department. The system allows police to produce digital fingerprints and use face-recognition technology.

In other business, supervisors discussed the Green Dragon Farmers Market owners plans to replace a building destroyed by a mid-September fire.

At a Dec. 8 meeting, the supervisors determined that no land development plan is required since the proposed replacement building fit in the original footprint.

Sawyer said the new building may actually be slightly smaller than the original.

Green Dragon owners have not set an official construction timetable or when the businesses will reopen.

“They do not have a building permit from us yet but I know they have been working with the township’s building inspection company…so I do not think it should take very long for them to get approval of a building permit,” said Sawyer.

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