BURRELL TOWNSHIP — The Burrell Township supervisors have created a new taxing district to pay for streetlights along Penn Drive in The Colony at Chestnut Ridge housing development.
The supervisors unanimously approved the district’s formation at a meeting Monday.
The district allows the township to charge property owners along the street for the cost of lighting it. And in 2014, they’ll pay $1.44 per linear foot of street frontage. So a lot with 150 feet of street frontage will be charged $216 on top of the annual property tax bill.
Included in the fee is a one-time charge of 74 cents per foot, which will fully cover the township’s upfront cost of placing the lights its own electrical service — the lights had been powered by a private line serving the Chestnut Ridge golf resort.
Separating the service cost the township $3,280, according to supervisors. The street was turned over to the township earlier this year.
The other 70 cents that makes up the remainder of the fee will cover the cost of electricity and maintenance.
The supervisors said they’ll adjust the fee at this time next year to reflect the actual costs of powering the lights.
The 70 cents they agreed to charge Monday is an estimate based on the costs of another streetlight district. In setting the fee, they were able to adopt the township’s 2014 tax rates. Adopting those rates was mostly a formality as supervisors had already agreed to next year’s budget, which holds the line on taxes at 9.6 mills.