Bud­get OK’d with no tax hike

Mo­ment of si­lence in mem­ory of town­ship vol­un­teer El­lis Kriebel

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @by­bob­keeler on Twit­ter

LOWER SAL­FORD >> Next year’s bud­get, given fi­nal ap­proval at the Lower Sal­ford Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors Dec. 5 meet­ing, keeps the town­ship prop­erty tax rate at 2.689 mills for the fifth year in a row.

“We’re in a rut, but it’s a pretty good rut,” board Chair­man Doug Gif­ford said.

The 2.689 mill rate puts the bill at $529.15 for a home as­sessed at the town­ship av­er­age of $196,784, bud­get in­for­ma­tion says. Each mill equals $1 of tax per $1,000 of as­sessed value.

With a bud­geted $8,930,616 of ex­penses, the gen­eral fund in­cludes $1,062,653 for ad­min­is­tra­tion; $3,318,064 for po­lice and fire pro­tec­tion;

$1,357,032 for pub­lic works and $1,207,465 for em­ployee ben­e­fits. Prop­erty taxes are pro­jected to bring in $2,192,878 with earned in­come taxes bring­ing in an­other $3,400,000.

The 2.689 mill rate in­cludes 2.034 mills for the gen­eral fund, 0.095 mills for the park fund, 0.33 mills for the li­brary fund, 0.18 mills for the fire fund and 0.05 mills for the am­bu­lance fund.

In other mat­ters:

• The meet­ing be­gan with a mo­ment of si­lence

for town­ship res­i­dent El­lis Kriebel, who died on Dec. 2 at age 95.

“If you had any­thing to do with the com­mu­nity, you knew El­lis,” Gif­ford said.

Kriebel served for more than 50 years with the fire com­pany and am­bu­lance, as well as hav­ing been a judge of elec­tions and on the zon­ing hear­ing board, Gif­ford said.

“El­lis was one of the most ded­i­cated com­mu­nity vol­un­teers I’ve ever met,” Gif­ford said.

Sim­i­lar to for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H. W. Bush, whose Wash­ing­ton D.C. fu­neral was held on Dec. 5, Kriebel was a mem­ber of the great­est gen­er­a­tion and had served in World

War II, Gif­ford said.

• Dick Prescott, Lower Sal­ford’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the 11-town North­ern Mont­gomery County Re­cy­cling Com­mis­sion, said the group re­ceived a to­tal of $388,821 of re­cy­cling money from the state this year.

“Lower Sal­ford’s share comes to $42,498.66,” he said.

The money is for re­cy­clables col­lected in the town­ship in 2016, he said.

The money comes from a fee charged by the state to re­cy­clables haulers, but only 60 per­cent of the money comes back to lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, with the state us­ing the other 40 per­cent for other ex­penses, Prescott said.

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