Lower Sal­ford crunches bud­get num­bers

Souderton Independent - - NEWS - By Bob Keeler

Lower Sal­ford Town­ship is pro­ject­ing it will spend more than $1.3 mil­lion on cap­i­tal fund ex­penses, such as re­place­ment ve­hi­cles and build­ing and prop­erty im­prove­ments or long-term main­te­nance, RvHU WhH nHxW fivH yHDUV.

A break­down for each year, be­gin­ning with $237,016 next year, was given to the Lower Sal­ford Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors at its Sept. 19 morn­ing work ses­sion.

“A lot of this is tim­ing, and a lot of this is our best guess es­ti­mate,” Joseph Cza­jkowski, town­ship man­ager, said. “Our fa­cil­i­ties, I think for the most part, are in good shape.”

rp­com­ing ex­penses in­clude the re­place­ment of po­lice cars, re­plac­ing the barn roof at Heck­ler Plains Farm­stead, the planned cre­ation of the Fawn Drive ex­ten­sion of the town­ship trail sys­tem and re­plac­ing com­put­ers. The town­ship has 23 per­sonal com­put­ers — 16 used for town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion and seven used by the po­lice depart­ment, Cza­jkowski said. Those com­put­ers are sched­uled to be re­placed af­ter seven years’ use, he said.

It now looks as though it will be at least 2014 be­fore the town­ship has to buy new po­lice ra­dios for the an­tic­i­pated county- wide ra­dio sys­tem up­grade, po­lice Chief Thomas Med­wid said.

A draft ver­sion of next year’s pro­posed bud­get should be ready early in Oc­to­ber, Cza­jkowski said. In other Lower Sal­ford mat­ters: • 7hH ERDUG DFFHSWHG D VHWWOHPHnW Rn D prop­erty tax as­sess­ment ap­peal by Har­leysville In­sur­ance.

The com­pany’s prop­erty was as­sessed at $13.5 mil­lion, but in the agree­ment, that was changed to $11.88 mil­lion for 2010, $12.342 mil­lion for 2011 and $12.76 mil­lion for 2012, Cza­jkowski said.

rn­der the agree­ment, the town­ship will re­turn $8,500 that was paid dur­ing the past three years un­der the pre­vi­ous as­sess­ment rate.

Any lit­i­ga­tion over as­sess­ment ap­peals is done by the school dis­trict, not the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, since the school taxes in­volve greater amounts of money, town­ship of­fiFLDOV VDLG.

• $ FRPSDny WhDW EuyV FHOOuODU WRwHU leases is ask­ing about buy­ing the leases for two sites on town­ship-owned land.

“Their ini­tial of­fer is $180,000,” but there is the pos­si­bil­ity of ne­go­ti­at­ing for more, Cza­jkowski said.

The $180,000 of­fer equals about the amount re­ceived from eight or nine years of rental pay­ments re­ceived from the lease, he said.

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