Mahoning Township supervisors passed a $2.17 million budget Monday night with a half-mill tax increase for residents.

The rate is 5.25 mills. One-quarter mill will be applied to the General Fund while the other quarter mill will be applied to the Building and Land Fund.

The millage is divided among four municipal funds in the township.

The General Fund is allocated four mills, while the Fire Protection and Roads/Machinery Fund each receive one-half mill. The Building and Land Fund which was cut out of funding during the 2013 budget was reinstated with the other one-quarter mill from the increase.

In other tax related news, the board of supervisors discussed the transfer of tax collection from the previous tax collector Richard Swarcheck, who resigned earlier this fall for private reasons.

Wieczorek moved to hire auditors Kirk, Summa and Company to audit the books as of Swarcheck's resignation and prior to naming a tax collector to handle revenues for the last few weeks of 2013. That motion was approved unanimously after Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt requested the auditor be directed that its fees would not exceed the $2,000 maximum estimate they provided.

"We have to appoint a tax collector for 2013, from the time we accept the audit to the end of the year, so that they can handle the remaining outstanding 2013 taxes as well as delinquent accounts. The new tax collector that was elected takes over in 2014 and cannot accept this year's revenues," said solicitor Tom Nanovic.

Wieczorek said he believed Swarcheck was willing to work with the auditors, but he was concerned about whether the former collector would be available when Kirk, Summa and Co. would be ready to audit the books.

Nanovic suggested that someone call and make a formal appointment. The board requested that Nanovic formally make the contact.