Long-term, careful planning has helped Springettsbury Township avoid a property-tax increase since 2004.

Township officials are on track to continue that tradition into 2013.

The township's 0.87 millage rate will remain the same if supervisors approve a budget proposed earlier this week.

"We just keep working at it every year and planning and working for the future," township manager John Holman said. "We look at what's happened in the past. We try to forecast what will happen in the future."

Residents probably won't feel much pain in the pocketbook, but there are some changes on the horizon in 2013.

The township's proposed budget, balanced at nearly $29.7 million, includes $3.8 million for capital improvements. That's up from $410,000 budgeted for 2012.

Most of that increase can be attributed to plans for a new fire station along Commons Drive, a project that's been in the works for many years, Holman said. Construction is planned for 2013.

The new station will house firefighters now stationed at the 3013 E. Market St. Springettsbury Township Fire Station, as well as the York Area United Fire and Rescue headquarters.

Firefighters are also fundraising for the project, which is expected to cost around $4 million. The township's portion is about $2.75 million, Holman said.

The township will pay for that project - and some smaller ones - with a $3.5 million bank loan at 1.85 percent interest. The township will draw down on the loan as needed, Holman said.


Also, next year, residents can expect to pay slightly more for sewer service. Rates are proposed to increase from $60 to $65 per quarter, the first rate increase in five years, Holman said.

The township's board of supervisors will accept public comment and consider adopting the budget at its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the municipal building, 1501 Mount Zion Road.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.