Author: Patricia Bailey

Conewago Trail Crossing @ Route 743 Public Review Period

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to participate in online public information display regarding the Route 743 Conewago Trail Crossing. The objective of the information display is to identify treatment options at the Conewago Trail crossing of Route 743. Users of the Conewago Trail Crossing at Route 743 are encouraged to provide input on candidate treatment options at the crossing.

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, plans and information displays will be held online only. A digital version of the information will be available to view online through November 20, 2020. Information including a comment form, can be found by visiting the PennDOT District 8 website, www.penndot.gov/District8, by clicking on Public Meetings listed under the Resources heading, and choosing the Lancaster County box then the tile marked PA 743 Conewago Trail Crossing Study. The purpose of the study is to introduce the project and receive public input regarding any questions or concerns.

The project documents can be made available in alternative languages or formats if requested. If you need translation/interpretation services or have special needs or have special concerns that require individual attention, contact Michelle Tarquino, PennDOT Project Manager, at mtarquino@pa.gov or 717-783-5007.

For a safer parking choice when using the Conewago Trail, please visit Mount Joy Township’s newest community park, Old Trolley Line Park on Beverly Road.  There is trail head parking with a connection to the trail.  You will also find walking paths and ballfields at the park.  Next spring we will be installing playgrounds, pavilion, picnic tables and benches.

 

2020 Budget – Adopted 12/16/2019

Mount Joy Township adopted the 2020 annual budget on Monday, December 16, 2019 At the core of the 2020 budget are the fundamental responsibilities of local government: infrastructure and public safety.  In order to maintain a proper level of service to meet these obligations, an increase in the Fire Protection Tax Fund and the General Fund real estate taxes is proposed.

Fire Protection Tax Fund: An increase from 0.4 mills to 0.7 mills is needed to provide a more equitable contribution to the four volunteer fire departments that serve our community.  Mount Joy Township relies on the volunteers of Elizabethtown Friendship Fire & Hose Co., Fire Department of Mount Joy, Mastersonville Fire Co., and Rheems Fire Co. to provide this important service.  Most of this additional revenue will go towards the capital reserve contribution that helps to pay for expensive apparatus and facilities used by the emergency service providers.

General Fund: An increase from 1.84 mills to 2.04 mills will account for the rising costs of public safety and infrastructure repairs.  Local police and EMS funding is budgeted to rise by $80,000, while bridge replacement and repairs are expected to cost approximately $400,000 next year.  The additional revenue from this 0.2-mill increase will enable us to meet these obligations without compromising on the implementation of our Road Improvement Plan.

The Township Board of Supervisors and Township Administration do not take the impacts of a tax increase lightly. The Fire Protection Tax would rise by 75% and the General Fund tax would rise by 10.9%; an aggregate increase of 22.3%. This 0.5-mill total increase in municipal real estate tax will burden the owner of property assessed at $200,000 by $100 in 2020 for a total municipal tax bill of $548.

Should you have any questions on the 2020 budget, please feel free to contact Township Manager Justin Evans at justin@mtjoytwp.org or 717-367-8917.

Proposed Budget – 2020

 

Line Painting

Line painting is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 30th and 31th on all Township roads.  Please do not attempt to pass the trucks while they are spraying the paint.  Please drive carefully!

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