New Troy Twp. building to be built in near future
The Troy Township supervisors are moving forward with getting the new township building constructed.
A fire earlier this year destroyed the old building.
Now, the supervisors have accepted a bid from Penn State Construction to erect the new building.
Supervisor Don Jenkins said the work could begin as early as December.
The old building was demolished, and the new one will be a little bigger than the old one, but roughly the same size, he said.
For now, supervisors are continuing to operate out of a trailer on the site.
Jenkins stressed that taxes are not going up due to the fire.
He said people were speculating that the construction of the new building would raise taxes, but he said that is not the case.
"Property taxes are not rising and we did away with the per capita tax," he said.
The tentative budget was recently passed with taxes remaining the same in the spending plan.
Supervisors will vote on passing a final budget in December.
On June 3, the fire destroyed most of the township building and the majority of the township's road maintenance equipment, causing more then $650,000 worth of damage, according to Troy Fire Chief Roy Vargson.
At the time of the fire, Vargson had said that the township building's garage and storage area were destroyed in the fire, as were four dump trucks and a Caterpillar loader, which were inside the garage. There was less damage in other parts of the building.
The fire was electrical in nature, according to Vargson.
Vargson said the state police fire marshal investigated the blaze, and determined it was "an electrical problem in one of the trucks that was in the garage."
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