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Burton Township raises only road levy

SPRING GROVE – Burton Township homeowners can expect to pay more in property taxes for roads next year but not for services covered by the town levy, trustees said.

The board voted unanimously at its November meeting to hold steady the town levy. The township usually requests a 2 percent increase on its town tax levy, Supervisor Sam Jones said.

Trustees set the 2012 levy at just under $142,000, the same as last year.

But they also unanimously approved a 5 percent increase in the road district levy to about $197,000 – an increase of about $9,000.

The town and road district levies require final approval at the board’s Dec. 11 meeting.

Although trustees raised the road levy by 5 percent, the district is entitled to only 3 percent – the rate of inflation – under tax cap legislation, and 3 percent more is what property owners can expect. Monies above 3 percent, up to the 5 percent increase, would come from growth.

Jones said he doesn’t know what the township’s expected growth is.

The township needs the road district levy increase for road maintenance, he said. “We have some failing roads that we have to have done.”

This year, the township resurfaced three subdivision roads.

The road commissioner hasn’t picked roads to be repaired next year because most of the damage occurs in the winter, Jones said. But projects likely will be neighborhood roads, not major roads.

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