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WHITE TOWNSHIP: Officials OK budget with no tax increase

by JULIE E. MARTIN jmartin@indianagazette.net on December 19, 2013 10:55 AM

The White Township Board of Supervisors approved the 2013 budget Wednesday with no tax increase.

This is the 42nd consecutive year that the township has not had a tax increase, according to Supervisor George Lenz.

Totaling close to $7.5 million, the budget takes into account new equipment costs and updates, as well as matching funds to put toward the second phase of renovations at Kennedy-King Park.

White Township recently received an $85,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation for further improvements at the park.

Updates at Kennedy-King Park, near Indiana Area Senior High School, will include a picnic pavilion, a pickleball court and other amenities.

Phase I of the project started several years ago and added basketball courts, a playground, parking spots and sidewalks, recreation manager Ryan Shaffer said after the meeting.

The supervisors also voted in favor of an increase in sewerage rates.

In 2014, residential sewerage rates will increase from $40.50 to $45 per quarter, due to rising costs of maintaining the system.

Those in White Township will first see a bump in their sewerage bills at the end of the first quarter, in March.

The last time the board approved an increase was in 2010, Manager Milt Lady said after the meeting. Prior to that, the township went 13 years without seeing a change in the rates.

In other business, the supervisors:

• Heard from representatives of the Indiana Baseball Boosters. The group is seeking free or discounted “turf time” — time indoors for players to practice in the offseason.

Boosters members also cited a disparity in costs between the $4,500 paid for the junior varsity and varsity teams to practice at the township’s athletic complex and what other teams pay at other fields.

Officials said the fees take into account the manpower and materials required to prepare and maintain the baseball field.

In fact, Shaffer said, some of the work is done essentially in-kind when extra preparation is needed because the fees don’t cover all of the costs.

Lenz suggested a review of fees to ensure they are keeping up with the costs of providing the field.

The supervisors also encouraged Shaffer to research the situation further and indicated that they plan to revisit the matter.

• Approved plans for a stop sign at the newly created Horseshoe Drive, a 290-foot long cul-de-sac in a residential area near the intersection of Fenton and Warren roads.

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