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Upper Macungie looks to expand its Board of Supervisors

Published On: Nov 07 2013 11:36:46 PM EST

The Upper Macungie Township Board of Supervisors approved a resolution that will place a referendum on the ballot that will let voters decide to expand the board from three to five members during Thursday night's meeting by a 2-1 vote. Dissenting was Secretary Kathy Rader.

The resolution will appear on the 2014 ballot and should it garner the approval of the majority of voters, the two additional supervisors would be elected in 2015 and would take office in January 2016, according to solicitor Andrew Schantz.

If it was up to Rader no decision would have been made on the matter Thursday night.

"With a new supervisor taking office two meetings from now, I make a motion to table this motion," she said. Rader added that she had "heard things on the street" from township residents questioning why the issue had come up and why it was being voted upon so quickly
Vice Chairman Sam Ashmar was not persuaded by Rader's logic and responded by introducing his own motion to approve the referendum Thursday night.

That left Chairman Edward Earley - the departing supervisor in question - to serve as the tiebreaker and he did by seconding Ashmar's motion.

The one issue the supervisors did reach agreement on Thursday night was that voters - and not them - should render the final decision on the matter.

In other business, supervisors and residents received their first look at the township's 2014 budget, which contains no tax increase, holding the line at .64 mills. In addition there will be no increase in sewage, refuse and recycling costs for residents. The total budget rests at just over $14.1 million.