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Lawrence Twp. anticipates year without tax increase
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
Lawrence Township held its first budget workshop meeting last night and no tax increases are anticipated for next year, according to township secretary Barbara Shaffner.
Currently, the township's real estate tax is 18 mills. This means a resident with a home valued at $100,000 would pay $450 in real estate taxes.
The township is anticipating receiving $985,510 in revenue from real estate taxes and $500,000 from Earned Income Taxes next year.
The township is also anticipating receiving $750,000 in Act 13 natural gas impact fee funds.
Other sources of revenue include $175,000 from the Local Services Tax, $100,000 from real estate taxes-tax claim, $65,000 from real estate transfer taxes, $80,000 from prior years earned income taxes, $20,000 from prior years real estate taxes, $58,000 from cable TV franchise fees, $26,000 from rent and royalties, $30,000 from building permits, $15,000 from building inspection fees, and $10,000 from the sale of property. Total revenue is expected to be $3,678,421.
Last night, the supervisors discussed several possible equipment purchases next year. The supervisors put $100,000 in its Highways-General Service budget to purchase a new leaf vacuum truck, $61,000 in its Liquid Fuels Fund account for a new truck/snow plow, $35,000 in the police budget for a new police car and $10,000 to purchase a used-pickup truck for the recycling crew.
Supervisor Glenn Johnston also suggested the township look into converting the township building's heating system to natural gas away from coal. With the low cost of natural gas he said the township might be able to save on the cost of paying an employee to keep the coal furnace burning.
The supervisors also budgeted $1,300 a month for Solicitor James Naddeo, which is a $100 a month increase from last year.
Naddeo did not ask for a raise but the supervisors decided to put the increase in the proposed budget because he didn't get a raise last year and he worked many years with no pay increase.
The township is currently working on the rough draft of its budget. The township plans to approve its tentative budget in November and its final budget in December. State law requires the tentative budget to be on display for 30 days before the final budget is approved.
Shaffner and all three supervisors were in attendance at last night's meeting.
The township has another budget meeting scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m.
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