Residents to receive tax hike
Residents in Lower Moreland will see a slight change to their tax bill in 2013. The preliminary budget passed by the Lower Moreland Board of Commissioners Nov. 13 calls for an increase in taxes to help cover growing township expenses.
According to Township Manager Rick Mellor, residents’ homes assessed at the township average of $210,000 will see a $32-ayear increase in 2013 due to a 4 percent increase in the 2013 budget. Due to the increase in expenditures, the township millage was also increased by 4 percent to 3.516. Currently, Mellor said residents’ homes assessed at the township average pay about $706 a year. With the tax increase, those residents will be paying approximately $738 a year.
While the township revenue is not growing, according to Mellor, the expenditures have increased next year because of contractual increases in salaries and a 9 percent increase in the cost RI KHDOWK EHQHfiWV.
Mellor said taxes were not raised last year and were last raised for the 2011 budget. He said residents’ monthly bills were actually reduced last year due to a reduction in sewer and trash collection costs. These costs, he said, will not change for 2013.
“The township remains focused on stewardship of tax dollars as the proposed millage rate remains lower than it was 12 years ago when in 2000 the rate was 3.599. However, with rising fuel costs, labor costs, health
care costs and much more over that time, it has only been possible to operate by underfunding such areas as capital improvements, the reserve fund and parks and recreation,” Lower Moreland Township posted in a press release. “The 2013 budget begins to better address capital purchases and improvements including the replacement of aging public works equipment, police vehLFOHV Dnd firH rHVFuH HTuLpment ... . The focus of all of these expenditures is to improve the quality of life for the local community.”
The board of commissioners will vote on the final budget Dec. 19 and ask residents to review the budget beforehand for any questions or comments.