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Upper Moreland Residents to See First Tax Increase in Five Years

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The residents of Upper Moreland Township will be tightening their belts this holiday season due to the first tax increase seen in their region for the first time in five years.

The board of commissioners will decide to adopt the 2011 $18.1 million preliminary budget on December 6th. Residents with homes assessed at an average of $135,000 can expect to see about a 14 percent tax increase, which translates to $65. This means that they will pay about $560 a year in property taxes.

The increase was originally suppose to be for about 20 percent, but throughout the budget session, the board of commissioners brought the increase down to around 7 percent.

The increase is needed to cover a $2 million shortfall between the township’s revenue and expenses.

The proposed 2011 budget will be $1.5 million more than the 2010 budget. 71 percent of that will be for insurance and pension costs only.

Although the board was able to lower the original increase, it will still take a toll on Upper Moreland residents. The township could have eased the burden by encouraging wage freezes and cuts made to the police department.

Stephanie Weaver (sweaver@buxmontnews.com)

Staff Writer

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  1. Daniel Carcillo
    December 2, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Good try, but work on your grammar.

    Sincerely,

    Dan

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