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Tunkhannock Township supervisors approved a $1,7 million preliminary budget Monday night with no tax increase for 2018.

The supervisors were to discuss the budget during the regular meeting but it was tabled so they could meet in executive session at the end of the public session and address contract and personnel matters.

When they came out they voted to accept the budget which shows revenues and expenditures each about $45,000 over what was passed a year ago.

The largest increase went to police which came in at $554,500, roughly $72,000 more than this year.

The increase reflects changes in police protection as a result of a contract approved in September.

The overall budget reflects expenditures of $1,700,505 and revenues of $1,689,990, leaving a deficit of $10,515.

In other business, the supervisors spoke to

*the joint municipal authority for continuing work regarding a sewage collection system and working toward a December signing date for the next step in receiving funds from PennVest;

*a county liquid fuel distribution of $10,003, roughly unchanged from a year ago;

*information received from DEP regarding to a response to a SaddleView Sewer violation

*approving a sign permit for Verizon;

*receiving dam notices about Lackawanna Lake and Saddle Lake;.

*decided to advertise their deaire to hire a CPA to conduct an audit of 2017 expenses.

In the public comment section, resident Judy Heitsman expressed concern about drug use at Lazybrook Park during September’s Cornstock Festival, regarding a man who pled guilty last week.

They also heard from resident Bill Chapla about why the recycling center only accepts #1 an #2 materials when Eaton Twp. can take #1-7.

The supervisors said the recycling center was the county’s not the township’s.

Chapla also spoke to increasing amounts of trash along Sunnyside Road and asked what could be done about it.