Norristown Council adopted a $28 million budget for 2012 that includes a 3.43 percent increase in the municipal property tax rate. The property tax rate in Norristown will increase from 11.95 mills to 12.36 mills. A mill is a tax of $1 for each $1,000 in assessed property value. A residential property owner with a home assessed at the municipal average of $95,000 will pay $39 more than last year for a bill of $1,174.
Source: The Times Herald; 12/29/2011
Lower Merion adopts budget
For the first time since 2006,Lower Merion adopted a budget that does not include an increase in township property taxes. The budget holds the millage rate at 4.19 mills, which translates to a tax of $1,512 for the township portion of the property tax bill for a home assessed at the average $361,000. The 2012 budget includes a 1.6 percent increase in expenditures over the 2011 budget, something that caused contention between several board members.
Source: Main Line Times; 12/29/2011
Whitpain to create West Ambler Development Committee
Whitpain Township is in the initial stages of establishing a West Ambler Development Committee, which will be charged with the creation of an action plan to improve the quality of life in the West Ambler area. The committee will be tasked with investigating storm-water management efforts for the flood-prone area, brownfield revitalization for the 38-acre BoRit asbestos sites, and finally rolling all of the research into neighborhood revitalization. An RFP will be issued for professional community planning and engineering. Once the proposals are reviewed a committee will be created within the next three to four months.
Source: Ambler Gazette; 1/3/2012
Lower Merion extends deadline for Comprehensive Plan Committees
Lower Merion has extended the application deadline for citizens interested in taking an active part in the formation of the township’s Comprehensive Plan by serving on one of five volunteer committees. The committees include: Land Use – the blueprint of the future for the township; Housing – identification of housing needs inventories and trends; Circulation – planning for the movement of people and goods; Community Facilities and Infrastructure – inventory of all public/private buildings and infrastructure support; and Energy and Water Resources Conservation – explore small scale storm-water runoff measures. Detailed committee information and application procedures are available by following the “Topical Issues” prompt on www.lowermerion.org. Applications and supporting information must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2012.
Source: Lower Merion Township; 1/4/2012
Authority requests 600 fewer homes at base
Members of the Horsham Land Reuse Authority recently debated the density of housing in the proposed reuse plans for the closed Willow Grove Naval Air Station. It was decided to reduce the number of residential units by 30 percent. RKG Associates, the land planners tasked with creating a blueprint for the property reuse, will present a fifth map with the residential density changes to the authority on Jan. 18. The final redevelopment map is due to the Department of Defense by March 18. It is not expected that any true land transfers or rebuilding of the property will occur until 2015. For more information about upcoming Horsham Land Reuse Authority meetings and past presentations, please visit www.hlra.org.
Source: The Intelligencer; 1/3/2012
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