Bud­get holds line on taxes

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

UP­PER POTTS­GROVE >> The 2019 bud­get adopted unan­i­mously Dec. 17 by the board of com­mis­sion­ers will not raise prop­erty taxes.

How­ever, the bud­get does re­quire pulling $235,055 out of the town­ship’s “op­er­a­tional re­serve” in or­der to be bal­anced.

The 2019 bud­get calls for spend­ing $3,412,281.93 in 2019, but an­tic­i­pates rev­enues of only $3,177,226.07.

The deficit of was cov­ered by tak­ing out of the town­ship’s “op­er­a­tional re­serve fund.”

Af­ter tak­ing the $235,055 from the re­serve, the fund will be left with $612,000.

The com­mis­sion­ers, ab­sent Com­mis­sioner Martin Schreiber, adopted both the bud­get and the 4 mill tax rate unan­i­mously.

Of the 4 mill rate, .6 of that is for fire pro­tec­tion.

A home as­sessed at $128,000 — the town­ship

me­dian — will pay $552.80 in town­ship prop­erty taxes in 2019.

The bud­get is the eighth the town­ship has adopted in the last nine years that does not raise taxes.

How­ever, the 2016 bud­get raised taxes by 13.9 per­cent.

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