Board approves 2018 taxes
South Whitehall commissioners have unanimously approved the 2018 general fund budget tax rate of 2.49975 mills, the same as 2017.
The general fund budget covers salaries, benefits, utilities, legal and engineering fees, and pension costs.
Residents will also be billed 0.47 mills for the newly created fire fund.
This tax amounts to $47 on each $100,000 of assessed property values.
This money will be kept separate from the general fund and used only for fire-related purposes to sustain the volunteer fire stations.
In other business at the Dec. 20 meeting, commissioners approved fire apparatus and vehicle use agreements with Cetronia, Greenawalds, and Woodlawn volunteer fire companies.
As South Whitehall holds title to certain firefighting apparatus and vehicles used by the three companies, it chose to grant an exclusive revocable license for them to use the equipment titled in the name of the township.
The agreements cover maintenance, operation and safeguarding of vehicles, insurance, indemnification, taxes, licensing, registration and legal items.
A 2003 Pierce pumper, a 1996 Simon Duplex pumper and a 2002 Spartan aerial are stationed at the Cetronia Fire Company.
A 2016 and a 2009 Kovatch pumper, a 2009 International tanker and a 2006 Spartan rescue are housed at the Greenawalds station.
A 1998 Seagrave, a 2012 Spartan pumper tanker, a 2006 Spartan Hazmat/Command and a 2004 Ford Cascade serve at the Woodlawn Fire Company.
In other matters, Commissioner David Bond recognized Woodlawn Fire Chief Rusty Held for 25 years of service.
Outgoing Commissioner Thomas Johns was thanked for his eight years of dedication to the township.