Friday, December 14, 2012
The Lower Nazareth Board of Supervisors unanimously approves the proposed $3.5 million budget for 2013 -- the third consecutive year without a tax increase.
For the third consecutive year, the Lower Nazareth Board of Supervisors had the opportunity to approve a budget that included a decrease. The proposed $3,571,210 budget for 2013, 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 …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Nazareth Area School District's proposed 2013-2014 budget calls for a 3.8 percent increase in spending, caused largely by higher salary and benefit costs.
The Nazareth Area School District is looking at a proposed 1.9 percent increase in property taxes to help fund a 2013-2014 budget that calls for a 3.8 percent increase in spending. The spending increase is caused largely by higher salary and benefit costs, especially higher pension contributions. In fact, pension contributions are forecast to rise significantly in upcoming years. This year’s contribution rate to the Public School Employees’ Retirement System is 12.36 percent. That amount would rise to 16.75 percent in the upcoming school year. The proposed $70.84 million budget calls for spending at each of the district’s six schools to be cut by 5 percent and for spending in various departments to stay the same as this year’s levels. The …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The proposed 2013 budget for the borough of Nazareth -- which includes a half-mill property tax increase -- will be available for public inspection for 10 days beginning Nov. 9 and ending Nov. 21.
The proposed 2013 budget for the borough of Nazareth -- which includes a half-mill property tax increase -- adds up to $4,230,485. Nazareth Borough Council agreed to a half-mill boost in 2012, bringing the tax rate to 11.5 mills. If approved, the new property tax rate would be 12.0 mills and would mean a $25 annual increase for the average homeowner ($50,000 assessment). In addition to the proposed tax increase, the budget includes funding for: The proposed 2013 budget -- in its entirety -- will be available for public inspection for 10 days beginning Nov. 9 and ending Nov. 21. It can be viewed at Nazareth Borough Hall, 134 S. Main St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Despite rising costs for police services and plans for a new municipal complex, the proposed 2013 budget for Lower Nazareth Township is $200,000 less than this year's plan; taxes expected to hold steady.
For the third consecutive year, the Lower Nazareth Board of Supervisors had the opportunity to stare down a proposed $200,000 budget decrease. According to township Manager Timm Tenges, the proposed $3,571,210 budget for 2013 is $188,290 less than the township's 2012 budget. That means, Tenges added, property taxes are expected to hold steady. Despite a revenue stream that began to level off around 2010, Tenges reassured the board Wednesday that the proposed budget also takes the following into consideration: “We’ve learned to do more with less,” Tenges said, adding that in addition to waiting to buy new equipment, township employees have been proactive. For example, he said, employees bypass a contractor and haul their own trash -- saving…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Homes assessed at $50,000 would pay $135 more per year if Upper Nazareth Township's proposed budget is approved.
- Eric Mark
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Upper Nazareth Township residents face an 83-percent increase in their property taxes next year if the township's proposed 2012 budget is approved. Property tax will rise by 2.7 mills -- from 3.25 mills to 5.95 mills -- under the proposed budget, which will be available for public inspection starting Friday, Nov. 18 at the Upper Nazareth Municipal Building. That means a tax increase of $135 a year for the owner of a property assessed at $50,000, which normally means the house is worth about $200,000 on the market. Upper Nazareth supervisors on Wednesday said the bleak economy, lack of a commercial tax base in the township and rapid residential growth -- followed by the bursting of the housing bubble -- forced them to raise taxes for the …
Monday, November 7, 2011
The proposed budget will be available for public inspection for 10 days, beginning Nov. 15 at Borough Hall.
The proposed 2012 budget for the borough of Nazareth -- which includes a half-mill property tax increase -- will be available for public inspection for 10 days beginning Nov. 15 and ending Nov. 27. The budget can be viewed at Nazareth Borough Hall, 134 S. Main St. In addition to the proposed tax increase, the budget includes borrowing $150,000 -- over a five-year term -- and transferring $100,000 from the borough’s cash reserves. The extra funding is required to finance: The tax increase will be the borough’s second since 2004, when taxes were increased from 9.2 mills to 10.2 mills. In 2009, taxes increased by .8 mills for a total of 11.0 mills. If approved, the new tax rate would be 11.5 mills and would mean a $25 annual increase for the …