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Township Board Unveils 2016 Budget Tonight

A sign outside the township building that directors visitors to municiapl offices

SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove officials tonight (Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015) will introduce their taxpayers to the township’s tentative 2016 budget, and likely will agree to advertise its proposed real property tax rate, street lighting assessment, and costs of other taxes and fees.

The actions by the Board of Commissioners are intended to set the budget up for a 30-day review period. It should end with any necessary or desired modifications, and ultimately board approval, by the commissioners’ last session of December.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 7 in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. It is free to attend and open to the public. Copies of the agenda are available for download from the township website, here.

As it did last year, township staff handled most of the 2016 budget preparations and held occasional meetings with commissioners to advise them of progress or proposals. Commissioners’ e-mail boxes also have been regularly filled with budget-related correspondence.

During the past four months board members have regularly made a point of reporting that township expenses were continuing under-budget for 2015, and that revenues were arriving slightly higher than expected. That kind of commissioners’ public chatter usually prefaces good budget news for taxpayers, although none of the figures for next year have been made available.

Also scheduled to be considered by the board are:

  • Approval of a promissory note to re-pay Montgomery County for financing to purchase new emergency radios and related equipment for the police department and Ringing Hill Fire Company. The radios are estimated to cost about $3,500 each, and the township is ordering several dozen for its first responders. The Sanatoga Fire Company is pursuing a grant to buy its radios, township Manager Ed Wagner said. Commissioners also will enter into a re-payment agreement with Ringing Hill; and
  • Authorization to solicit bids to buy both on-road and off-road diesel fuel.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Nov. 19 meeting):

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