LIMERICK — The township’s board of supervisors approved a $23,764,927 budget Tuesday night which carries a 5.75 percent tax increase.
Such an increase, from 1.895 mills to 2.004, carries an increase of roughly $16 per year for a property assessed at $150,000, Limerick’s average, according to township numbers.
The budget passed 3-2, with supervisors Joe St. Pedro, Elaine DeWan and Kara Shuler in favor of it and Ken Sperring and Tom Neafcy voting against it.
Taxes increased 25 percent last year in a budget that Neafcy voted against. Sperring was not present for that approval vote. That budget added a pair of police officers as well as Limerick Fire Safety Chief Greg Breyer, who will take a large role in inspections in the township as part of a plan moving forward to streamline municipal operations.
In a September meeting outlining Limerick’s preliminary budget this year, Township Manager Dan Kerr said his goal was to continue providing the same level of services for the municipality while managing its expansion.
As a part of the 2014 budget, Limerick will install and begin instituting a new data system as well as purchase a new public works tri-axle dump truck and three new police vehicles
Additionally, in Tuesday’s meeting, discussion continued on the planned new public works department building, which was added into the 2014 budget long ago.
According to Assistant Township Manager Beth DiPrete, the supervisors advocated placing the new building, estimated to cost $2 million, behind the township building but still in front of the existing salt shed.
In an earlier meeting, Kerr said that option would allow the public works crews to stay in their current building until the new one is constructed.
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