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Tredyffrin Considering a 5.5% Tax Hike

A special public meeting is scheduled Tuesday morning to answer questions.

Tredyffrin Township's Board of Supervisors is being asked to consider raising township property taxes by 5.5% in the proposed 2013 township budget.

The increase amounts to an average $28 per property owner according to the preliminary budget outlined in a public meeting last Wednesday.  A copy of that budget presentation is attached to this article as a pdf.

Township budget officials say the tax hike is needed to maintain services in the face of a flat and "built out" real estate market. What that means in layman's terms is that property reassesments reducing the tax base and that there is lilttle room left in the township to build new properties that could increase the tax base. The result is a need to get more money out of the properties that already exist.

Community Matters and TE Patch Blogger Pattye Benson has written extensively about the proposal, the issues involved and the public's questions that resulted in the scheduling of an unusual 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning public meeting on the budget proposal. You can read her blog post here.

Carol Clarke November 12, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Chill out and get the facts! Budgets can be complex and ranting without understanding is irresponsible. That is why I asked for background info and both Supervisor Heaberg and Finance Director Tim Klarich agreed to meet with me and kindly opened our meeting to the public. So come to meetings, ask questions, and get educated. Tredyffrin’s staff has already been reduced by 25 (20%) over the past 3 years. The proposed budget includes another 10% reduction in the police force – on top of a 10% reduction in 2010. Non-union salaries had been frozen in the past. We face an unfunded liability of $40M for retiree medical benefits. The police contract has been in arbitration for months. Many are concerned about the condition of our roads and services. There are lots of issues and tradeoffs here. We need to calmly discuss what services we want/need and what we are willing to pay for.
Rezzy Dent November 12, 2012 at 08:20 PM
IT's only $28 get over it , cable is only going up $15, and insurance is only going up 8% get over it. Food prices are increacing, gas is only $3.60 a gallon geez get over it right Rosisdad? How much are school taxes going up, I'm sure not enough to worry about.
Katie November 12, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Got to love all you folks out there that tell people to get over it. Maybe we should just give the township a blank check. Must be the same people that are screaming at the Fed Goverment not to increase taxes.
Linda Smith November 12, 2012 at 09:44 PM
We have an alternative to cable television --watching regular TV, we can shop around for lower insurance prices and review food circulars for sales and use coupons, regarding gas prices-we have an opportunity to select the lowest gas prices in the area using the web site Gasbuddy , we can pick up a co-worker or buddy and share a ride. Again, the residents of Tredyffrin township do not want a tax increase--especially residents who are on unemployment or on fixed incomes--the township needs to absorb this cost and not raise taxes in this unstable economy.
Rezzy Dent November 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Linda you are missing the point, are we going to have to keep cutting back each year? How about we try to keep taxes down so I won't have to trade in my regular tv for a radio.

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