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Mayor's Address


In January at the reorganization meeting the Mayor gave a report on the previous year in review.  To read the Mayor's Address to the Township Council and public please go to our website at: http://www.rockawaytownship.org/DocumentCenter/View/3277

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Classroom to Construction

 
Rockaway Township Students learn about Engineering & Construction

Local High School students from Morris Knolls were given an exciting opportunity to relate their classroom studies with an active local construction project.  Township Engineer James Lutz and Recreation Supervisor Bryan Coward provided a PowerPoint presentation about the Peterson Field Concession Building Addition Project to the students in the Introduction to Technology, Engineering and Design class. The students and teachers were provided with details and plans for the project and given an opportunity to ask questions. They also learned about real project related construction issues that arise from the initial design.
After a day in the classroom, the students participated by visiting the construction site at Peterson Field with Mr. Lutz to see the construction firsthand.  Mayor Michael Dachisen, Community Services Director Joseph Fiorilla and Assistant Business Administrator Patricia Seger were on site to talk with the High School students and staff.  The class trip finished up at the Municipal Building to ask follow up questions to Business Administrator Gregory Poff, teachers, engineer and the Mayor. 

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Winter Newsletter 

The Mayor's Winter 2017 Newsletter is published and can be viewed on the Township website at: http://www.rockawaytownship.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/175.

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Rockaway Township Website

Rockaway Township is constantly updating and improving the website.  Mayor Michael Dachisen believes in government transparency and keeping the public informed.  Many of our residents work and cannot come into the municipal building during operating hours and the website has many ways you can communicate and request information.  
    Request Tracker - Form center to request information or make suggestions
    Township Forms - Applications and printable forms for construction, zoning etc.

Why do I need to create an account and sign in?

 An account allows you to save time the next time you submit and it allows you to track the progress of your request or form.  The account can be set up without giving your name; if you would like to stay anonymous by just providing an email for correspondence.   

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Student Art Work On Display


Please come and visit the Municipal Building to see the beautiful art work our children from Copeland Middle School completed.  They are talented children in grades sixth, seventh and eighth.  

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2017 Budget Information

As your Mayor, I am pleased to announce the 2017 Proposed Municipal Budget.  The proposed 2017 budget calls for appropriations of $40,493,417.  This represents a 0.1% decrease or $38,879 from the adopted 2016 budget.
 
The 2017 municipal budget calls for no increase in the municipal portion of the tax rate.  An increase in the Township’s assessed value of 0.4%, strong revenue collections, and new shared services agreements have placed the Township in a stronger financial position.  These items along with increased employee benefit contributions and a slight reduction in pension expenses have allowed for no proposed increase in the municipal portion of the tax rate.  The Township realized greater than expected revenues in Uniform Construction Code permits. These two items contributed to an increase in Township’s general fund balance of $759,916.
 
As a result, the Business Administrator recommended the Township leverage this increase in fund balance by increasing the capital improvement fund appropriation by $450,000. This recommendation will have no impact on the proposed 2017 municipal tax rate. In addition, the increase in this appropriation has several benefits including:

  1. Allowing the Township to begin to fund its road resurfacing program substantially in cash eliminating the need to borrow money for this on-going expense; and
  2. Reducing the Township’s overall debt service and insulating against the anticipated increase in interest rates; and
  3. Providing flexibility in future budgeting by creating an appropriation that could be reduced in the event of extraordinary or unforeseen expenses.

 
A memorandum prepared by the Township’s Business Administrator concerning the 2017 Municipal Budget can be found here.  The 2017 Municipal Budget Data including the budget request details, salaries and wages, and capital budget can be found on the Township’s Government Transparency webpage located here.
 
I welcome your comments on the 2017 Proposed Municipal Budget.  You can contact me at rockadm@rockawaytownship.org.
 
Mayor Michael G. Dachisen

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