Carroll Township residents might pay higher taxes next year.
Supervisors Monday night approved a 1-mill tax increase in conjunction with approving a proposed 2013 budget.
That would increase the millage rate 62 percent, to 2.62 mills, meaning the owner of a home assessed at $150,000 would pay $393 in taxes. That's up from $243 under the current millage rate of 1.62.
Paul Walters, board chairman, said the increase was needed to cover an anticipated budget shortfall in the $2.83 million budget.
The proposed tax increase passed with a 3-2 vote. Supervisors Edward Coble and Mark McCurdy voted against it.
Bridges: Walters said the shortfall was brought on partially by the need to repair two bridges in the coming year.
Those repairs are expected to cost between $600,000 and $700,000, Walters said.
One of the bridges slated for repairs is on Spring Lane Road and has been out for a number of months. It would remain closed for years if not for the tax hike, he said.
"We just can't afford for it to be out for three years," Walters said.
The other bridge is on Junction Road, he said.
Police: An estimated 140 people attended the meeting. Many were there because a rumor spread that supervisors were going to disband the township's police service.
The department is composed of 10 full-time
officers, including the chief, and three part-time officers. In addition to Carroll Township, the department provides service to Dillsburg and Monaghan Township.
Walters said supervisors had no intention of disbanding the department.
"It wasn't up for discussion," he said.
Supervisors have until Dec. 31 to pass a final budget. They meet again at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at the municipal building, 555 Chestnut Grove Road.