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Next-Year Budget Approval On Township Agenda

SANATOGA PA – Honoring heroes and donors, approving 2018 budgets and accompanying tax rates, and handling end-of-year housekeeping chores all are part of the agenda for Thursday’s (Dec. 21, 2017) meeting – the last during this year – of the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners are expected to adopt as final, with few if any changes, the $6.32 million 2018 general fund budget presented Nov. 9. It carries a tax increase of 2 percent, representing an additional tax cost of $31.25 to those who own a home in Lower Pottsgrove valued at $125,000, the township average. Approving new tax rates, and street lighting assessments, will be part of the budget action.

  • The board’s meeting is free to attend and open to the public. A copy of its agenda is available now for download from the township website, here.

The property tax increase is wholly due, commissioners said, to their desire to create a capital reserve fund to pay for future infrastructure projects. Their newly formed, 5-member Infrastructure Committee met for discussions Monday (Dec. 18), and a report from it also is expected at the meeting.

Police Chief Michael Foltz also is expected to make presentations to thank the Babel Family of North Pleasant View Road for a significant donation to the police department; and to commend three people who helped saved the life of another who overdosed inside the Brookside Family Restaurant on North Charlotte Street.

Also during the meeting, commissioners are scheduled to:

  • Approve hiring Elizabeth Cole for police administrative support;
  • Authorize advertising 2018 meeting dates for the Board of Commissioners, Sewer Authority, Planning Commission, and Parks and Recreation Board;
  • Accept a three-year Montgomery County Planning Commission assistance contract;
  • Approve contract to update and maintain the township website during the next three years;
  • Amend and adopt policies to be included in the township police department policies and directives manual; and
  • Accept amendments to the township non-uniformed personnel policy handbook.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Dec. 21 meeting):

  • Next-Year Budget Approval On Township Agenda

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