Bucks County Commissioners approved a pair of plans that reconfirmed the county’s commitment to green infrastructure, land preservation and the linkage of existing county greenways. The Natural Areas Inventory update dovetailed with a unique undertaking by the Planning Commission – the Bucks County Open Space and Greenway Plan. The plan identifies 27 greenway corridors that will key the county’s future linkage. They include five different types of greenways – grouped as conservation greenways (3), cultural (6), recreational (3), multi-use (13) and combination (2). The entire 278-page document, which was shaped by public input and is filled with fascinating Bucks County facts, is available by clicking the link on the Planning Commission Website.
Source: Bucks County; 6/16/2011
Pennsbury taxes hold steady
For the first time in 14 years, property owners in the Pennsbury School District will not see an increase in school property tax rates. The approved 2011-12 tax rate will remain at 150.3 mills, or $4,708 for a property assessed at the district average of $31,324. The district will use $3.15 million of the fund balance to balance the budget, leaving 1.67 percent of the total budget, about $2.9 million, in reserve for next year.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times; 6/22/2011
Solebury posts proposed FEMA flood map changes
Solebury Township has posted the proposed changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps on the township website. The township must adopt an ordinance to reflect the new map and associated information prior to the maps becoming effective in November 2012. Property owners are urged to view the proposed map changes because there is an appeal period and flood insurance rates may be less expensive if purchased prior to the effective date. Click here to view.
Source: Solebury Township; 6/20/2011
Reduced casino revenues cut property tax rebates
The PA Property Tax Relief Fund will send a combined $612.1 million in gambling funds to school districts this year. School districts use the funds to provide qualified property owners with a credit on their tax bill. However, property owners will see less of a credit this year because the slot machine revenue from the state’s 10 casinos is down 5.2 percent for the year and more property owners have qualified for tax relief, which will be credited on tax bills mailed in July. The credits vary between school districts, with Centennial School District having a $150 credit while Bristol Township School District residents will see a $276 credit. Centennial’s credit is $21 less than last year. Click here for the PA Department of Education’s 2011-2012 Property Tax Relief Information page.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times; 6/15/2011
Neshaminy budget has no tax hike
The Neshaminy School District budget for 2011-12 will not include an increase in property taxes. The school board did agree to several controversial budget cuts, including eighth-grade foreign language classes, tenth-grade physical education and other staff reductions. The district will also pull $2.8 million from the district reserve fund to balance the budget without the burden of a tax increase for property owners. According to district figures, a homeowner will pay $4,189 in taxes in 2011-2012 on the average residential assessment of $27,561.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times; 6/22/2011
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