Limerick Township finalized its 2013 budget on Tuesday at their final meeting of the year. Next year's budget includes an increase from 1.516 mills to 1.895 mills, which is approximately a 25 percent increase.
On a house with the median value of $150,000, the yearly tax bill will increase $56.85 - from $227.40 to $284.25 - or about $4.73 per month.
The board passed the budget 3-1, with Supervisor Thomas Neafcy voting no. (Supervisor Ken Sperring was absent from the meeting.)
Neafcy said after the meeting that he voted no because the budget includes a tax increase.
Spring Ford Country Club was granted rezoning on 27 acres adjacent to the club's property in a 3-0 vote. The property was zoned R-2, which is generally an agricultural classification, and the club requested it be changed to R-4, which will allow more residential development.
The club also agreed to a covenant that will limit development to 99 units or less and will prevent apartments from being built.
Roger Phillips, a member of the board of governors, told Patch that there are no definite plans for the property but the rezoning request would allow for more options.
Attorney Edward Skypala filled in as counsel due to a conflict of interest with township solicitor John Iannozzi's law firm. Supervisor Joseph St. Pedro also recused himself from the decision because he is an equity partner in the golf course.
The board passed an ordinance authorizing Montgomery County to collect delinquent real estate taxes on behalf of the township. Royersford Borough passed a similar ordinance in November.
The board also made a few announcements:
- The township is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on December 26 from 2pm-7pm. Appointments are requested. More information is available on the township website.
- Limerick Fire Department still has about 20 trees for sale in its lot. They will continue selling until Christmas Day or until all the trees are gone.
- Christmas tree dropoff will be available at Limerick Community Park until January 31, 2013.
- The Board of Supervisors will hold its reorganization meeting on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7pm.