The Upper Moreland school district is facing a $2 million gap in the preliminary 2011-12 budget. The loss of $218,726 in property tax revenue due to successful assessment appeals, along with a $25,000 decrease in earned income tax revenue and a sharp increase in expenses, has contributed to the budget trouble. Although limited to a 1.4 percent tax increase by Act 1, the preliminary budget in Upper Moreland includes a possible 6.7 percent increase in taxes. The district can apply for exceptions from the state to increase taxes above the Act 1 index, or seek voter approval for the extra tax hike through a referendum. A 6.7 percent tax increase would mean $277 more in property taxes on the average home in the district assessed at $126,740. Upper Moreland administrators continue to look at spending cuts across operations.
Source: The Intelligencer; 2/24/2011
Spring-Ford may owe $5.5 million in tax reimbursements
The Spring-Ford Area School District community is invited to attend a Town Hall meeting at 7 PM on Monday, February 28, in the auditorium of the 9th Grade Center to learn about the district’s $10.4 million budgetary shortfall and the efforts being made to balance the budget. Spring-Ford Area School District could potentially owe GlaxoSmithKline $5.5 million in tax reimbursements in the latest round of property reassessments plaguing the financially strapped district. If GlaxoSmithKline is successful in its appeal against the district, Spring-Ford would have to repay the company $5.5 million for the taxes collected for 2008, 2009, 2010 and potentially this year. An additional problem Spring-Ford faces is it stands to lose more than $1 million in tax revenue from the company each year, he said. Superintendent Marsha R. Hurda noted that assessments have been an ongoing issue for the past two years, something that could cost the district a “significant” amount of money.
Source: Daily Local; 2/25/2011
Upper Salford to consider adoption of septic pumping ordinance
On March 1, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., the Upper Salford Township Board of Supervisors will consider passage of Ordinance 2011-1 to adopt regulations concerning individual on-lot sewage disposal system management and on-going maintenance of same. The proposed ordinance would require pumping of septic systems every three years for most residents. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available on the Upper Salford Township website.
Source: Times Herald; 2/18/2011
Lower Frederick to consider adoption of septic ordinance
The Board of Supervisors of Lower Frederick Township will vote on enacting a proposed ordinance that provides for the regulation, inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation of on-lot sewage disposal systems. The ordinance will require that an owner take proper care to keep systems in good working order and requires treatment tanks to be pumped and certified at least once every three years. The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Lower Frederick Municipal Building, 53 Spring Mount Road, Zieglerville, PA 19492.
Source: Times Herald; 2/18/2011
Norristown Area School board adopts preliminary budget
The Norristown Area school board adopted a preliminary budget for 2011-12 that includes a proposed 6.787 percent tax increase. This would increase the tax bill on the average home assessed in the district at $128,709 from $3,828.95 to $4,088.74. School board members’ stress that the preliminary budget has been prepared based upon many budget assumptions, including funding from the state for basic education subsidies and a labor contract that is currently in negotiation. Taxes in the Norristown Area School District were increased 4.3 percent for the 2010-11 school year.
Source: Times Herald; 2/15/2011
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