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Budget On Commissioners’ Thursday Agenda

SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove’s proposed 2018 budget will be introduced to taxpayers Thursday (Nov. 9, 2017) night during the township Board of Commissioners’ meeting, which is being re-scheduled from tonight (Monday, Nov. 6) due to preparations for Tuesday’s general elections.

The board agenda indicates commissioners will debut the budget, and likely adopt it as “tentative” for next year, when they meet at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. Related board actions, if approved, will authorize advertising real property tax rates and so-called “nuisance” taxes for 2018, proposed street lighting assessments, and a date for final adoption of the budget in December.

The revenue-and-expense plan has been built, during this and in recent years, as a behind-the-scenes effort between the board’s budget committee headed by certified public accountant and Commissioner Robert W. Mohollen, township Manager Ed Wagner, Finance Director Michele Christman, and department heads.

Nothing about it – such as the board’s spending priorities, supporting tax rates, or other anticipated sources of revenue – has been publicly released. Mohollen, on two different occasions during the past four months, said at board meetings he was pleased with the process, complimented department heads on efforts to control spending, and thanked his colleagues for their input.

The current year’s general fund budget amounted to $6.1 million when it was adopted as final on Dec. 15 (2016). There was no accompanying tax increase, so 2017 taxes remained unchanged at about $338 per year on the typical township home valued at $125,000. Township police department operations represented the largest expense, $3.1 million, in the 2017 plan, a trend that is likely to continue into 2018.

Thursday’s meeting is free to attend and open to the public. A copy of the agenda is available for download from the township website, here. Commissioners usually meet on the first Monday and third Thursday of the month. During November, the first Monday – today, Nov. 6 – is also the day voting machines will be set up in their conference room to prepare for Tuesday’s local elections.

Also on Thursday’s agenda, the board is scheduled to:

  • Hear a presentation on expansion by the Pennsylvania-American Water Company;
  • Review the investment policy for pension plans covering police and non-uniformed employees; and
  • Hear reports from department heads, consultants and committees.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Nov. 9 meeting):

  • Budget On Commissioners’ Thursday Agenda

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