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The North Lebanon Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the 2024 preliminary budget Monday, with no tax increases planned for the new year.

The township millage rate will remain at 2.01 mills, where it has stayed since an increase from 1.71 mills in 2016.

Township manager Lori Books gave a full budget presentation Monday, which is also available on the township website (PDF).

The preliminary budget anticipates revenues totaling $5,085,102 and expenses totaling $4,825,552.

Changes of note to the budget include board expenses increasing from $93,112 to $140,420.

This is because with Brensinger no longer serving as roadmaster, some of his ongoing duties are now being performed in his capacity as a supervisor, Books said.

Read More: After 23 years, Ed Brensinger retires as roadmaster of North Lebanon Township

The largest chunk of the budget is police expenditures, at 47%, followed by public works at 16%.

Projects planned for 2024 include police department roof replacement, some land acquisition, replacement of the Jay Street wall, and a restoration project at Lion’s Lake.

Supervisors Ed Brensinger and Gary Heisey (who attended the meeting remotely via Zoom) both lauded the budget.

Supervisor Heisey attended Monday’s meeting and voted on various resolutions via Zoom.

“I’m glad we were able to balance it without a tax increase and actually end up with a surplus,” said Brensinger.

In other news, supervisors:

  • Unanimously agreed to appoint Books, Scott Artz of the planning committee, and Brensinger to the Regional Comprehensive Plan steering committee. The current plan was developed in 2013 and revisions are recommended every 10 years.
  • Unanimously agreed to release $30,000 to Ebenezer Fire Company from the Fire Company Capital Reserve.
  • Unanimously approved Resolution #23-2023 appointing a CPA firm to replace elected auditors.
  • Unanimously approved the 2023 drop-off license for the Green Education Foundation at Lebanon Valley Mall.
  • Unanimously approved various actions surrounding the hiring, promotion, or retirement of municipal employees.
  • Announced that the next police regionalization meeting will be held Dec. 13, focusing on issues first to determine if regionalization is feasible.

Read More: North Lebanon Township supervisors consider regional police with N. Cornwall

  • Listened to an annual MS-4 public education presentation.
  • Heard from several members of the public voicing opposition to the Jubilee development. As of now, no plans have reached the township.
  • Unanimously approved minutes and payroll.
  • Heard the fire chief’s and police chief’s reports.

North Lebanon supervisors meet at the township municipal building the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and do not require prior registration.

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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