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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tim Komar says three supervisors are enough. I agree.

Three enough

At a business in Ligonier, I was asked about a petition to put a referendum on the ballot to increase the Ligonier Township Board of Supervisors from three to five members. After some research, I have found the only township in the Westmoreland County Association of Township Supervisors that has five supervisors is Hempfield.

Hempfield Township has more than 41,000 residents, as opposed to Ligonier Township's 6,973; more than 50 employees, as opposed to Ligonier Township's 21, which includes a police department, something Hempfield does not have; and 219 miles of roads, as opposed to Ligonier Township's 96. The real kicker is Hempfield has a budget of over $12.5 million, as opposed to Ligonier Township's $2.036 million. This is still a lot of money for a small-town budget, but when you figure the level of services provided for the dollar, it is a pretty good deal.

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