Bed­min­ster to hold the line on taxes

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

Bed­min­ster’s pro­posed 2013 bud­get isn’t quite com­pleted yet, but it will prob­a­bly look a lot like this year’s.

“There’ll be no tax in­crease,” Jack Terry, town­ship man­ager, said fol­low­ing the Nov. 14 Bed­min­ster Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors meet­ing.

A spe­cial meet­ing will be held at 8:30 a.m. Fri­day, Nov. 30, to un­veil the pre­lim­i­nary bud­get, he said. The fiQDO vRWH RQ WKH EXGJHW wLOO EH LQ De­cem­ber.

With a prop­erty tax rate of 7.5 mills, the owner of a Bed­min­ster home as­sessed at $35,000 pays $262.50 in town­ship prop­erty taxes. Each mill equals $1 of taxes per $1,000 of as­sessed prop­erty value.

Bed­min­ster’s to­tal gen­eral fund bud­get for this year puts in­come and spend­ing at a lit­tle more than $2 mil­lion.

Four of the mills are al­lo­cated for the gen­eral fund, with 2.5 mills des­ig­nated for open space and 1 mill for WKH fiUH WDx.

In other mat­ters at the Nov. 14 meet­ing:

• 7KH ERDUG DSSURvHG DQ DPHQG­ment to the grad­ing or­di­nance re­quir­ing that storm-wa­ter man­age­ment plans be sub­mit­ted along with the grad­ing plans when ad­di­tions to the im­per­vi­ous sur­face are made on prop­er­ties of one acre or less.

The change is be­ing made be­cause there have been cases in which ad­di­tions made to some homes in a

de­vel­op­ment used up all of the amount of im­per­vi­ous sur­face al­lowed, leav­ing other home­own­ers un­able to add on, John Rice, town­ship so­lic­i­tor, said.

Bed­min­ster’s not the only place the is­sue has arisen, he said.

“This has hap­pened on these small lots all over Bucks County,” Rice said.

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mea­sure “spreads out the avail­able im­per­vi­ous sur­face so it’s not all used up by WKH fiUVW 50 SHUFHnW RI WKH home­own­ers,” Rice said. “We’re go­ing to man­age it so ev­ery­body has a chance to do im­prove­ments on their lots.”

The new rules will also pro­duce bet­ter storm-wa­ter man­age­ment sys­tems on the lots, he said.

• 3ROLFH CKLHI 0DUN Ofner said there were 15 road clo­sures on 12 roads in Bed­min­ster when the rem­nants of Hur­ri­cane Sandy hit on Mon­day into Tues­day, Oct. 29 and 30.

“By Wed­nes­day morn­ing xOct. 31], our roads were open and pass­able again, with the ex­cep­tion of two places,” he said.

Town­ship work­ers did a good job of deal­ing with the storm even though hur­ri­canes aren’t expected in this area, board Chair­man Mor­gan Cow­perth­waite said.

“vou plan for a plane crash or some­thing that’s VLWH VSHFL­fiF,” CRZSHUWKwaite said. “This was all over.”

As hap­pened else­where, Bed­min­ster ran out of “road closed” signs dur­ing the storm, Ofner said.

“The only is­sue we had was the peo­ple that didn’t re­al­ize the bar­rel in the mid­dle of the road meant the road was closed,” Ofner said.

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