Township Residents Will be Able to Review Proposed 2013 Budget
Despite rising costs for police services and plans for a new municipal complex, Lower Nazareth's proposed 2013 budget does not include a tax increase.
The Lower Nazareth Township Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to advertise the proposed 2013 budget, which would hold the line on taxes.
Supervisors will vote on the $3.5 million budget at its Dec. 12 meeting.
Supervisors thanked township manager Timm Tenges for his efforts with the budget, expressing appreciation over the proposed zero tax increase.
This is the third consecutive year the supervisors have been presented with a proposed budget decrease. With a reduction of 5 percent over 2012 in spite of a hike in police costs, Tenges attributes the trend to “learning to do more with less.”
Tenges explained trims were made where possible, with the township saving $4,000 by opting for in-house trash removal rather than hiring a hauler, applying for state grants when necessary, holding down utility costs and cutting back on some equipment purchases.
“The proposed 2013 budget will be available on the township website for resident review before the December vote,” Tenges said.