LOWER POTTSGROVE PA — Just how much the township intends to spend next year on providing services to its residents, and how those services will be paid for, is expected to be revealed tonight (Monday, Nov. 10, 2008) by members of its Board of Commissioners as they introduce the 2009 township operating budget.
Tentative approval of the budget is an agenda item for the commissioners’ meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the township administration building, 2199 Buchert Road, Sanatoga PA. The public may attend. The agenda is available to be downloaded. The meeting was re-scheduled from Nov. 3 due to the then-impending elections.
Commissioners and township staffers have worked on the budget for several months. Board members repeatedly said they recognize problems beset both the national and local economies, and that they were attempting to craft a spending plan to ensure township taxes would not rise. Among their obstacles in that task: higher oil prices that affect everything from asphalt for roads to gasoline for trucks, and anticipated labor cost increases for police services. Board members instituted a township personnel hiring freeze two months ago.
The board hopes to set a public hearing on the budget’s content for Dec. 1.
Also on tonight’s agenda:
- The board will consider approving minor sidewalk and parking changes at the CVS Pharmacy, 1833 E. High St., Sanatoga, that would make the store more accessible for disabled persons. The changes have already been approved by the township Planning Commission.
- Discussion of a letter from Glenn Springs Holdings Inc. regarding demolition work at the former Firestone manufacturing plant at the south end of Armand Hammer Boulevard.