The South Strabane Board of Supervisors made public the 2013 preliminary budget during their meeting Tuesday.
The board announced the 2013 operating budget would total $4,472,134. During the meeting, supervisors voted to allocate $50,000 for the construction of sign and a kitchen and bathroom facility at Community Park and to digitalize records at the municipal building.
During the meeting, supervisors voted to keep the homeowners tax rate at 7.5 mills for the 2013 budget, the same rate as in 2012.
Supervisor Daniel Piatt proposed lowering tax rates in response to anticipated Act 13 impact fee money. But the impact fee, paid by energy companies and contractors extracting natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation, has not yet been received by the township and cannot be included in the 2013 budget if it doesn’t arrive before the December 31 deadline.
The Pennsylvania Utility Commission has allocated $123,470 for South Strabane. The payment is meant to compensate for the impact of drilling in nearby areas and can be used for approved infrastructure and maintenance projects.