South Abington Twp. supervisors pass 2018 budget with no tax or sewer increases

By Elizabeth Baumeister -

S. ABINGTON TWP. — The township board of supervisors unanimously passed the 2018 budget and tax resolution at its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 11, with no changes to the preliminary budget, which was approved at the November meeting.

There are no tax or sewer fee increases.

The total budget for the year is $7,564,159.

The tax rates are: 13.75 mills for for general purposes; 1.75 mills for fire protection and 1 mill for acquisition, maintenance/operation and improvements of parks and recreation centers.

A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value.

In other business:

• Maryellen Tharp, of Highland Avenue addressed the board with several concerns regarding the aesthetics of the township and her neighborhood. She would like to see the township ordinances updated to reflect quality of life issues. Chairman Giles Stanton said such discussion is on the board’s agenda for early next year.

• The board passed an anti-corruption resolution that was introduced at the November meeting by Fair Districts NEPA, the local chapter of Fair Districts PA, a non-partisan volunteer effort to end statewide gerrymandering, the current process by which voting district lines are drawn. The resolution will be forwarded by the township to elected county and state officials.

• The supervisors voted to hire two full-time employees: Thomas Flowers as a Department of Public Works employee and Jeffrey Spagna as a police patrolman.

The meeting was recessed and will reconvene at noon Wednesday, Dec. 27, for the purpose of ratifying the remainder of December’s bills before the end of the year. The supervisors’ reorganization meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 2 at the municipal building on Shady Lane Road.

By Elizabeth Baumeister

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.