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Salisbury Township passes budget with slight tax increase

By Stephen Althouse, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 27 2012 10:02:56 PM CST
SALISBURY TWP., Pa. -

With all the heavy lifting done over the last few weeks, it took just a few seconds for the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners on Thursday night to approve a 2013 budget that maintains the township’s property tax rate at 2012 levels by a 5-0 vote.

The township’s operating budget includes a $11.8 million spending plan for all funds, which is about a 4.3 percent increase over the 2012 budget. The total operating and non-operating expenditures for the new year’s budget are set at $13.1 million. The township expects to realize about $5.8 million in revenues, which represents a 3.4 decrease from 2012 projections. Expenditures in the 2013 budget total about $6 million, which is a 4.1 percent increase from the year before. The final millage rate is 1.42, according to township Manager Randy Soriano.

But the budget wasn’t the only fiscal issue on Thursday night’s agenda.

The board awarded a contract to Weiss Construction in the amount of $70,311 for security upgrades to the municipal building. The vote was unanimous.

“Times have changed,” Soriano noted when he discussed the safety measures for the building. “We need to secure the working area.”

Commissioners also voted 5-0 to award Sewer Specialty Services a contract for closed circuit TV inspection, pressure testing and grouting sanitary sewer joint work in the amount of $105,590.

And commissioners adopted a resolution setting the police pension employee contribution rate for the upcoming year at 1.54 percent.