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Upper Saucon's Proposed 2014 Budget Includes No Tax Increases

The proposed 2014 Upper Saucon Township budget unanimously approved by supervisors last month would maintain real estate and fire hydrant taxes at their 2013 rates.

The proposed 2014 Upper Saucon Township budget unanimously approved by supervisors last month would maintain real estate and fire hydrant taxes at their 2013 rates.

Water and sewer rates for Upper Saucon customers will also remain the same if supervisors vote to adopt the budget at their final meeting of the year on Dec. 23.

According to a proposed budget summary sheet shared by township manager Tom Beil, Upper Saucon is projected to end 2014 with $1,660,000 in its General Fund reserve.

That amount represents about 17 percent of the projected $9.75 million in expenditures, which in 2014 are expected to increase by $310,746 or 1.6 percent, according to the summary.

Some of the key expenditures included in the proposed budget include:
  • $85,000 for Saucon Rail Trail improvements
  • $67,000 for two police department vehicles
  • $78,000 for township building security and an Access Control Project
  • $1,100,000 for road improvement and maintenance projects
  • $154,000 for a backhoe for the Water and Sewer Department
  • $1,100,000 for sewer collection system capital improvements
  • $500,000 for water system capital improvements
  • $600,000 for sewer disposal system capital improvements
  • $60,000 for new park planning
  • Money for the completion of the Afton Village and Taylor Drive roadway rehabilitation projects. Afton Village is projected to cost a total of $1.8 million and Taylor Drive is projected to cost a total of $3 million.
Wage increases included in the proposed budget are 2 percent for police and public works department employees (as per their union contracts) and 2.5 percent for non-union employees.

The next township supervisors meeting will be Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Upper Saucon municipal building at 5500 Camp Meeting Road, Center Valley.

Photo: Upper Saucon Township municipal building (Patch file photo)
David Segal December 07, 2013 at 07:47 AM
Note that the date, 12/9, is not the correct date for the next Upper Saucon Township Board of Supervisors meeting. The correct date is 12/23.

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