Doylestown supervisors refuse to give up township-funded health insurance
Doylestown Township Supervisors are refusing to give up their township funded health benefits despite voting against a one-percent pay increase for non-uniform employees based on budget considerations. The cost of health care benefits for the four supervisors that accept it is $76,000 per year, while the one percent pay raise for non-uniform employees would have cost a total of $17,000 per year. The supervisors are being asked to give up the expensive health care packages by several residents and soon-to-be former Supervisor Cynthia Philo. Ironically, Philo is the only current supervisor who does not accept township-funded health insurance. Township employees recently agreed to a new health insurance plan that saves Doylestown $65,000, but will cost the employees more in co-pays.
Richlandtown to consider winter storm parking ordinance
Richlandtown Borough council will consider an ordinance that will prohibit parking on all streets, roads and highways in the borough during winter storm events. The ordinance will also restrict the driving of motor vehicles on borough roadways unless they are properly equipped with four wheel drive, chains or snow tires. Testimony and evidence will be heard at the council meeting scheduled for Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Richlandtown Borough Hall, 125 S. Main St., Richlandtown, PA 18955.
New Hope residents can expect a $25 tax increase
New Hope Borough officials recently discussed a proposed 2012 budget that includes a $25 tax increase for property owners. The proposed budget includes a half-mill tax increase that will bring the tax rate to 12.225 mills, with one-mill equal to a tax of $1 for each $1,000 in assessed property value. Homes assessed at the borough average of $47,000 can expect a total borough property tax of $581. The proposed budget will be available for public review on Dec. 9 in Borough Hall, and a public hearing on the budget is set for Tues., Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Dublin sewer rates to increase 24 percent
The proposed 2012 budget in Dublin includes a 24 percent increase in sewer rates. The proposed figures have the sewer rates increasing $30 per quarter, which will increase the annual bill from $500 to $620 – a total increase of $120. The borough will use the increase to fund several sewer improvement projects that are required by the state, among them repairs to the sewer line, improvements to winter operations and the relining of pipes in several areas to decrease “inflow and infiltration” that could cause the overflows at the sewage treatment plant.
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