Doylestown Twp Tax Increase Stays at 1.5 mil
Township supervisors will vote on the proposed budget on Dec. 21
After weeks of discussion and talk of further increasing taxes or increasing the amount township employees pay for healthcare, the Doylestown Township budget got no attention at all Tuesday night.
Though the proposed 2011 budget was listed on the agenda for discussion, when chairwoman Barbara Lyons got to the item, no one in the audience spoke up. Supervisors were mum, too.
That means that, for now at least, the $10.8 million budget stands as proposed. It will be up for a final vote at the supervisors' next meeting on Dec. 21.
The 2011 budget includes a tax increase of 1.5 mills, raising the total millage rate from 7.25 to 8.75 mills. That translates to an increase of about $60 - and a total township tax bill of about $330 - for the owner of a home assessed at the township average of $40,000.
The tax increase is expected to net the township about $392,000, according to finance director Ken Wallace. That, combined with some creative shuffling of tax streams, helped balance the 2011 budget.
The supervisors took .75 mills from highway aid and 2 mills from debt service and reallocated that revenue - estimated at $718,000 - to the general fund.
But that's a move they can't make again, which means township residents may well face another, heftier, tax increase this time next year.
The 2011 budget is scheduled for a final vote on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.