COAL TOWNSHIP — Coal Township commissioners unanimously passed a $3.4 million final budget Thursday night that doesn’t include a tax increase for the third consecutive year.

The $3,472,826 spending plan is approximately $13,000 more than the tentative budget approved last month. The 2018 budget totaled $3,522,698.

Approving the budget were Commissioners Craig Fetterman, Bernie Rumberger, Matt Schiccatano and George Zalar. Commissioner Gene Welsh was absent.

Fetterman, who serves as board president, commended all the department heads for staying within their respective budgets and also praised Coal Township Manager Rob Slaby for balancing the spending plan without a tax increase.

The following is a budget breakdown by department:

General fund: administration, $291,767; recycling, $151,304; police department, $1,039,186; public safety, $500; fire department, $16,850; code enforcement, $82,667; street department, $639,780; assorted expenses, $362,628; insurance costs, $172,120; fringe benefits, $715,500; and unallocated, $524.

Various funds: library, $13,353; pension, $394,450; fire protection, $58,810; special highway, $407,720; and construction code inspections, $86,010.

The following tax levy ordinance was also approved unanimously: 26.4 mills for the general fund; 1/4 mill, library; 1 1/2 mills, business privilege; 1/2 mill, pension; 1 mill, fire protection; 1/2 percent earned income; 1 percent realty transfer; $5 per capita; $52 local services; and 200 percent occupation.

In other business, commissioners awarded contracts to Miller’s Gas & Oil for diesel fuel and heating oil. Miller’s was the lone bidder.

Fetterman, Welsh and Slaby were appointed delegates to the Northumberland County Tax Collection Committee for 2019.

Commissioners agreed to continue to conduct their regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

Commissioners approved a Community Development Block Grant resolution that revises fiscal year 2017 funds by moving the balance of street improvement funds following the completion of paving to housing rehabilitation.

The board granted permission to Salem United Church of Christ to hold its annual festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, and to block off the 1300 block of West Pine Street to traffic.

Fetterman warned people who are dropping off unacceptable materials at the township recycling center that they will be cited if caught.

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