Tunkhannock Twp. OKs 2013 budget
BY MATT VINE
WYOMING COUNTY PRESS EXAMINER
Tunkhannock Twp. supervisors adopted a 2013 budget at Monday night’s meeting with no new tax increase.
Tunkhannock Twp. adopted the 2013 budget at a total of $1,122,787.
According to Chairman Veto Barziloski Jr., said that the township will be getting some revenue from the 2012 Gas impact fee.
“We are getting $93,000 from the state government’s gas impact fee,” Barziloski said.
There was no millage increase for the township. It will remain the same at 5.5 mils.
Most of the talk of Monday’s meeting, however wasn’t about the budget, but about the 537 plan once discussion was opened to the floor.
When Chairman Barziloski opened the floor, the room was silent at first.
Tunkhannock Twp. secretary Judy Gingher said the 537 plan is a joint study with both Tunkhannock Twp. and Lemon Twp. on the state’s regulations of proper sewage treatment for Lake Carey and the surrounding areas.
“We are waiting to hear back from the consultants,” Gingher said.
An opportunity for formal input for the 537 plan ended on November 19.
“The consultants are presently reviewing the comments from the 61 recipients,” Gingher said.
When that process is completed, both Tunkhannock Twp. and Lemon Twp. supervisors will meet to decide a future course of action.
There were some mixed emotions from the crowd Monday night.
Minturn Smith of Lake Carey said he takes issue as to whether the supervisors are following the 537 consent order schedule.
“Can you inform us as to what the plan looks like.” Smith said.
One person was also very concerned about the way both townships would pay for the facility.
Rick Sleboda, of Wyoming who has a cottage on Lake Carey, said that if the sewage treatment facility would be in place, he asked the board what the exact cost will be for the residents.
“There are people there that are year around residents, who can’t afford much already,” Sleboda exclaimed. “Why do this in the winter? Why now!”
There will be an end of the year meeting on December 17 at 7 p.m. p.m. at the municipal building.