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DORRANCE TWP. – Township supervisors unanimously approved a 2013 budget Monday which sustains basic tax rates at .0064 mills and projects $528,924 in spending. General fund revenue is expected to reach $441,350, with another $87,574 anticipated from state liquid fuels reimbursement.

A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.

Affirmative votes were cast by Royce Engler, chairman; Ben Ostrowski and Gary Zane. Before the vote, Secretary/Treasurer Patricia Davis said the township will also benefit from a $646 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection and $1,349.20 in fines from the state police.Davis said there will also be a second allocation from the police of $593, which is accorded to municipalities with populations smaller than 3,000 residents.

The budget passed without comment from the public.

However, during the phase of the session dedicated to citizen comment, Joseph Challawick of 7900 Blue Ridge Trail, called for the repeal of Resolution No. 1 of 2008, which he contends restricts the amount of time and the nature of discussion which the supervisors devote to public input. He utilized a Times Leader editorial from March 2008to enhance his denunciation of what he called the supervisors' attempt to place restrictions upon dissent and free speech. .

There was no reaction from Engler, Ostrowski or Zane to Challawick's comments.

In other business:

• A reorganizational meeting has been scheduled on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at 7 p.m.

• The supervisors acted to retain Kovalchik, Kollar & Co, LLP, to conduct an audit of 2012 accounts at a cost of $3,550.

• Supervisors said that another in a series of public hearings on the proposed expansion of the Pennsy Supply Corp. quarry is scheduled on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. Comment will be received on a set of conditions of operations submitted to the supervisors by Pennsy officials on Nov. 15.

• In approving the payment of November invoices ($19,124.66), the supervisors included what Davis called a third remittance ($3,282) to Meiser & Earl, Inc. of State College for expert testimony provided in the Pennsy case by Robert Hershey, certified hydrogeologist.

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