The new Chestnuthill Township Proposed 2011 budget and fiscal plan was released on Thursday, Nov. 17 and available for public to review.

Public comments may be made at the next supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. when the budget will be up for approval.

Noted proposed budget items on the township's website are:

*No tax increase is proposed. The millage rate will remain at 4 mills. For every $25,000 of assessment ( of the assessed value) $100 will be paid by residents of Chestnuthill Township in real estate taxes.

*The General Fund Budget expenditures total $3,924,650, of which $475,943 or 12.12% will be spent for Emergency Services.

The budget includes costs to implement the 911 readdressing project including public education, updated street name signage and mapping.

*For 2011 Chestnuthill Township and the Teamsters Local 773 reached a 5 year labor settlement that will provide a 1% wage increase in 2011. Since 2009 the office is operating with a staff that has been decreased by 20%.

The General Budget road maintenance cost estimates for 2011 are projected to be $1,089,934 which will include a 2.12% road paving increase from 2010.

*In 2011 the Township will utilize a $70,000 grant to protect the Historic Merwinsburg Hotel (cir. 1804) by replacing the roof and improving site drainage to protect the foundation. The Township is also proposing to pave the realigned Bush Lane, this is contingent upon final subdivision plan approval and grant application approval.

*In cooperation with Burnley Workshop and the PA DEP, Chestnuthill Township continues to expand recycling opportunities to our residents.

New for 2011 the Transfer Station/Recycling Center has budgeted to purchase a Styrofoam Densifier that will generate a marketable form of condensed Styrofoam.

Questions on the 2011 Budget and Fiscal Plan may be directed to David Albright, Township Manager at 570-992-7247.

It can be viewed on the website at www.chestnuthilltwp-pa.gov.