Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Despite that, the library still needs membership help.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kevin Haslam
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Royersford Free Public Library recently sent out a newsletter announcing that there will be no decrease in funding in the 2012 budget. "We will receive the same amount of funding in 2012 as we did in 2011," the newsletter said. "This is wonderful news. We couldn't have done it without the incredible support of our library community. All your comments, emails, and phone calls reached the Commissioners' ears." The newsletter also asked library enthusiasts to send a note of thanks to the commissioners for their consideration. The Friends of the Royersford Library also indicated they are in desperate need of new members. "We are looking for new people to help run the group," the letter said. "If you have any interest in helping, please …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Increase necessary to close $1M budget gap
The Limerick Township Board of Supervisors reviewed its 2012 budget at Tuesday evening's meeting. The budget will include a tax increase and a sewer rate increase. A motion was passed, 3-1, to advertise the budget. The increase will raise the millage rate around 20-percent, from 1.213 to 1.516 mills. On a home assessed at the township's median value of $145,000, that rate will increase from about $176 per year to $220 per year. Township manager Daniel Kerr pointed out that the current rate of 1.213 mills is the 12th-lowest tax rate in the county (of 62 municipalities). The new 1.516 mills rate will give Limerick the eighteenth lowest rate. The tax increase is necessary to reduce a budget deficit of $1,026,521 for next year. It will reduce …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
A look at the budget workshop held in mid-October for Limerick
The Limerick Township Board of Supervisors met for a budget workshop meeting in mid-October to discuss potential needs and desires within the municipality. Among the most important were road improvements and added police assistance, especially at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets. The 2012 budget, according to the presentation, is based on a business policy to stay conservative. The property tax is staying stable because of assessment appeals. A lot of the Gambone properties in the area are going up for reassessment. The presentation also revealed the PennDOT Liquid Fuel Fund is staying stable. With a noted lack of development this year, there will also be various grant opportunities that the township is looking to be proactive toward. The …
The council met for a regular meeting on Tuesday night.
Royersford Borough Councilman John Kring gave an additional finance report at Tuesday night's regular meeting that could prove to be a pleasant surprise for local taxpayers. "I just want to take a moment to give forward information to expect for the next meeting," Kring said. "We may have no tax increase this year." Kring went on to say that the finance commitee started out with a $3.88 million requirement to start and panned that number back to the potential for no increases in taxes, which can be attributed to "significant clipping in terms of numbers." "To do that, there are things that will take reductions," said Kring, who noted the street sweep, library and historical society to be among those to have reduced funding. "Some will get …
Friday, May 27, 2011
There are no fare increases or service reductions planned.
On Thursday, May 26, the SEPTA Board approved operating and capital budgets for the 2012 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The operating budget does not increase fares and maintains current service levels. According to a release issued by SEPTA, the budgets reflect its ongoing commitment to control costs and increase efficiencies while improving customer service and modernizing its aging infrastructure. The $1.22 billion operating budget represents an increase of about 3.5 percent over the 2011 fiscal year despite significant increases in areas such as health care, prescriptions and claims. For the second straight year, SEPTA expects to defer dozens of improvement projects that it sees as vital to the short- and long-term health of the …