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No tax hike for 2011

Published December 15. 2010 05:00PM

Lower Towamensing Township residents will see no increase in their property tax rates in 2011.

The township's board of supervisors unanimously agreed on Tuesday to adopt next year's budget with no tax increase.

That decision will leave the property tax rate unchanged at 1.6 mills. For taxpayers that own a home valued at $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, they will again pay $80 to the township in property taxes.

Next year's budget calls for a 2-percent raise in salary for township employees, as well as a $1 an hour raise for road foreman Charles Shupp and a 50 cent an hour raise for the road administrator Kathy Wallace.

With the raise, Shupp will make $16.05 an hour, and Wallace $15.55 an hour.

Also as part of next year's budget, senior citizens will receive a $10 discount on their garbage fees.

The township has $240,000 budgeted in next year's liquid fuels account for the repair of the structurally deficient Hunters Creek Bridge.

In addition, it has a five-year plan to repair township roads before they're eventually replaced.

Last year, supervisors approved this year's budget that left the property tax rate at 1.6 mills, and also called for a 2-percent raise in salary for township employees.

In 2009, supervisors passed a budget that again kept taxes in check, and included a 5 percent raise in the light tax, which raised the rate from 25 cents to 30 cents per front foot for Aquashicola residents who lived within 250 feet of street light.

Also as part of that budget, supervisors increased the township's contribution rate of the local services tax to the Aquashicola Fire Department, from 25 percent to 28 percent.

Also on Tuesday, supervisors agreed to grant an extension for Blue Mountain Water Park until Jan. 31, 2011.

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