Pennsbury ponders $1.8 million budget

Pennsbury Township supervisors are gearing up to vote on the township’s 2017 budget. For consideration is a balanced budget that anticipates $1.8 million in revenue and spending with no property tax increase.

On the revenue side of the ledger, the township is looking at $275,000 coming in from real estate taxes. The tax rate of 1.49 mills will remain steady. (A mill is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.)

The township also expects to collect an additional $550,000 from earned income taxes. Some residents also pay a hydrant tax. Other income — $391,000 — is from capital reserve and open space tax transfers.

The largest line item on the expense side is a $200,000 donation to Longwood Fire Co. There’s an additional $181,000 for road crew salaries and the township manager gets $80,000 per year. More than $100,000 will be spent on township contributions to employee health and pension plans.

Township Manager Kathy Howley said during the Nov. 16 Board of Supervisors’ meeting the 2017 budget is slightly more than that for 2016 because the township is paying off more debt. Debt principal to be paid next year totals $310,000.

The preliminary budget can be found on the township website at http://www.pennsbury.pa.us/screens/index.php?cL=3&p=budgets&c=2

A vote on the budget is scheduled for the supervisors’ Dec. 14 meeting.

Other business

• Howley said the township is still working on the CFI easement with the Brandywine Conservancy. That’s the easement for the 20-plus acres around the municipal building that the township bought from Toll Bros. in December of 2014.

She said there are a couple of items that still need to be reviewed, but the easement would be ready for signing at the December meeting.

• Supervisors unanimously voted to appoint resident Will Sappington as the township’s representative to SECCRA, the Southeast Chester County Refuse Authority.

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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