2010 Budget & Taxes
The Board of Commissioners, on December 14, 2009 approved the 2010 Township Budget; the original proposed budget may be viewed through the link below. The proposed Operating Budget for 2010 totaled approximately $66,000,000, did not require any layoffs, and included additional Township services rather than the cuts in service originally proposed. Specifically, the Township instituted a once weekly (Wednesday) yard waste pickup during 2010, for leaves, clippings and other similar items. By having a separate yard waste pickup, we eliminated taking those items to the County landfill (which charges us for dumping) and instead composted the materials for use by residents.
Unfortunately, the Budget included a 4.5 percent tax increase, or $44 for the median home assessed at $160,000, which is less than most neighboring communities' and the County's increases. The trash disposal fee also increased by $10 to $135, and that fee remained less than all of our neighboring communities' similar fees; it costs the Township more than $200 per household to pick up trash.
Unfortunately, the following factors led to the tax increase:
- 1.8% ($48,000) increase in the Minimum Monthly Obligation (MMO) (pension contributions)
- 3.5% ($73,000) increase in the RHM Sewer expenses
- 4% ($906,000) wage increase for non-uniformed workers
- 4% ($295,000) wage increase for uniformed personnel (Fraternal Order of Police)
- 13% ($616,200) increase in medical benefits
- 47% ($158,000) increase in the Delaware County Trash Deposal fee.
Meanwhile, the Township still faced large reductions in key revenue items, and expected to see reduced revenues from realty transfer, mercantile and business privilege taxes.