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Township supervisors passed the first reading of the proposed 2013 budget at their regular meeting on Nov. 19.

Due to the rising cost of fuel, insurance and other expenses, Chairman Dave Sutton said there will be a slight increase of a fifth of a mill, from 1.25 to 1.45. The increase equates to roughly an additional $25 per household, he pointed out.

A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value.

The board plans to adopt the $1.2 million plan at its December meeting.

In other business, the board voted to refinance a loan used to fund construction of the new road department building. The Pennstar Bank loan, with a balance of $930,000 at a rate of 4.7 percent, will be transferred to Franklin Security Bank at a rate of 3.4 percent. The move will save the township approximately $100,000 over the 13 years left on the term.

The board discussed the idea of partnering with the Dallas Area Municipal Authority to set up a composting site behind the municipal building.

DAMA owns a large, portable grinder that could be set up in the back parking lot, the board added.

What this means, folks, said Sutton, is that everyone can bring their yard waste here instead of burning in the woods. Sutton said the board would look into whether the property is zoned for that type of use before moving ahead.

This would be a very beneficial thing for DAMA and us since DAMA doesn't have a lot of room, said Supervisor Doug Ide.

The board thanked township EMA coordinator Jim Welby the township's emergency personnel for helping with emergencies during Hurricane Sandy.

The board also passed an updated version of the dog barking ordinance.

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