Berlin budget and reorganization
BEACH LAKE, PA — Without fanfare, board discussion, or public comment, the Berlin Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its December 19 meeting to adopt a 2018 budget that once again reflects no tax increase. Asked how long it had been since the township last saw a tax increase, Supervisor Cathy Hunt said she couldn’t recall offhand, but knew it was sometime prior to 2007, and thought it might have been in 2002 or 2003.
There was little else on the horizon, save for Bailie Rutherford’s resignation from the township’s planning commission, on which he’s served since 2008, currently as chair. No reason for the resignation was stated in the letter informing the board of his decision.
Pennsylvania state law mandates that municipalities hold annual reorganization meetings on January 2 of each year. Hunt proposed that Berlin start its reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. on January 2, to be immediately followed by its regular January monthly meeting, normally held on the third Tuesday of the month. As supervisors Rob Mahon and Charlie Gries were agreeable to the suggestion, the reorganization meeting took place at 7 p.m. on January 2, followed immediately by the regular January monthly meeting.
The reorganization meeting was open to the public and included appointment and reappointment of all township officials not elected to office, as well as selection of official township vendors and service providers. Although reorganization meetings have historically seen poor public attendance, many policy and procedural determinations have their genesis in decisions made at reorganization meetings.