For the third consecutive year, the Lower Nazareth Board of Supervisors had the opportunity to approve a budget that included a decrease.
The proposed , which is $188,290 less than the township's 2012 budget, was unanimously approved Wednesday night, with the property tax rate holding steady.
The budget was available to the public for 20 days, according to township Manager Timm Tenges, and there were no comments or objections.
Supervisors thanked Tenges for his efforts to reduce spending and hold the line on taxes. This is noteworthy, the board agreed, because there was a rise in the Colonial Regional Police Department budget.
The township has learned to do more with less, Tenges explained. A few cost-saving changes include:
- Opting for in-house trash removal rather than hiring a hauler
- Applying for state grants when necessary
- Cutting down on utility costs
- Cutting back on equipment purchases
"We're safe from having our taxes raised this year," Supervisors Chairman Eric Nagle said. "Thank you."