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Tentative Lower Swatara budget does not include tax increase for 2018; final OK could come Dec. 6

Posted 11/3/17

There will be no tax increase for Lower Swatara Township residents in 2018.

According to the proposed preliminary 2018 general fund budget presented Wednesday, Nov. 1 prior to the board of …

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Tentative Lower Swatara budget does not include tax increase for 2018; final OK could come Dec. 6

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There will be no tax increase for Lower Swatara Township residents in 2018.

The proposed preliminary 2018 general fund budget presented Nov. 1 prior to the board of commissioners workshop meeting  calls for a balanced budget.

In 2017, the income from the real estate taxes was $2,513,031, while the expected income in 2018 is projected to be $2,500,742, or a decrease of 0.49 percent. The budget in 2017 was $6,983,647, and the expected budget in 2018 is $6,798,309, a decrease of more than 2.6 percent. Expenditures are also expected to equal $6,798,309, meaning the budget for 2018 should be balanced.

Public comments were allowed after the presentation. The only person to speak was Bill Leonard, finance chairman for the Lower Swatara Fire Department. He said the department is expecting to receive $326,592 from the township, but the budget for the department is expected to be $400,000 to $425,000. 

That deficit would be made up with fundraisers and grants. Fire officials would have a better idea of where things stand for their final budget in January. Leonard also told the board that improvements to the air conditioning system, kitchen, and possibly the roof as well, could soon be coming to the firehouse, as the building is 8 to 10 years old. 

During the workshop meeting, the board unanimously authorized advertising the intent to adopt the 2018 budget and tax ordinance and to make the preliminary budget available for public inspection as required by law. This will be available at the township office, 1499 Spring Garden Drive, and on the township’s website, lowerswatara.org. 

The earliest the budget can be adopted is at the Dec. 6 workshop meeting.

Commissioner Michael Davies, who explained the presentation, said that it’s always nice to have a budget that doesn’t put a burden on the taxpayers and residents.

“We will hopefully fulfill the service obligations that we have for the community in a fiscally prudent manner and we will have a balanced budget this year with no tax increases for the 2018 budget year. It’s a real balancing act that this year worked out very well,” Davies said.

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