Taxes steady in Pennsbury

Assuming the proposed budget passes, Pennsbury Township residents will no change in their township taxes next year. Supervisors authorized the budget be advertised and it is available at the township building and on the Web site. A vote is expected during a Dec. 13 Board of Supervisors’ meeting

Township Manager Kathy Howley presented the 2013 budget during the Nov. 15 meeting. The spending plan is balanced with revenue and expenses equaling $1,172,291. Profit and loss expenses total $1,076,291, but payment on two notes make up the $96,000 difference.

As is usual, the largest source of revenue is taxation, estimated for 2013 to be $267,000. On the expense side, road crew salaries come to $1,760,000 and the manager gets $72,000 in salary.

Other business

• The budget also calls for a $28,000 contribution to the Bayard Taylor Library in Kennett Square, a fact not lost on Donna Murray, from the library.

Murray made a brief presentation to the board, saying the donation is the highest for any municipality without a dedicated library tax.

She added that usage at the library is up across the board and up 9 percent for Pennsbury residents. Part of the increased usage is due to e-books. Bayard Taylor has 9,900 licenses for 7,500 titles.

Murray said the e-book system is still complicated, but getting better.

“We’re not stuck in making you read physical books,” she said. “We are evolving.”

• A hearing on a zoning ordinance change is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12.

• The December supervisors’ meeting is scheduled for Dec 13 at 7 p.m.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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