Unity Township Supervisors met last night and passed a tentative budget without a tax increase.
The Tribune-Review reports that the budget will hold the line on taxes while balancing out at $5.9 million, which represents a $100,000 increase in spending. Supervisors chairman John Mylant said that most of that money will be used for road projects and paying down truck loans the township took out this year. The new trucks had to be purchased after the old ones were destroyed in a arson fire at their public works garage on September 24th of last year.
Money from insurance did not cover all of the trucks.
Supervisors awarded a $2.4 million contract to build a new garage to replace the one lost in the arson. The new garage will be in the same area as the previous garage. Insurance money will be used for the new garage project, and as part of the policy, the township is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to a conviction in the case.
General construction will be handled by Walter Mucci Construction of Perryopolis, with other work subcontracted out to R and B Mechanical, Bob Biter Electrical, and Newman Plumbing, with township engineers Gibson-Thomas named the construction managers.