Bucks County NewsUpper Makefield ditches public comment policy

Upper Makefield Township supervisors are no longer considering the implementation of a public comment policy for meetings. The proposed policy was a response to election-driven public comments at supervisors meetings last year. The public comment policy would have restricted public comment to agenda items and allowed a time limit to be placed on individual comments. After much debate over the proposed limitations, the township has decided to continue to allow public comment without time limit at the start and end of meetings and before an item is to be voted on.

Source: Courier Times; 12/22/2011


No tax increase in Yardley

Yardley Borough officials passed a $2.54 million budget for 2012 that holds the line on taxes for the sixth consecutive year. The 16.73 mill tax rate amounts to a tax of $401 in municipal property taxes on the average home assessed at $24,000. A mill is a tax of $1 for each $1,000 in assessed property value.

Source: Courier Times; 12/22/2011

Newtown Township releases fire protection study

In March 2011,Newtown Township supervisors authorized Matrix Consulting Group to review the township’s hybrid system of volunteer and paid fire protection services. The hybrid system of fire protection developed in the 1990s tasked the Newtown Emergency Services Department with providing coverage during the day, Monday through Friday, and the volunteer Newtown Fire Association covering evenings and weekends. The report recommends that a fire chief be hired to oversee the two agencies and that they establish a uniform rank structure and consistent training between the two.

Source: PhillyBurbs.com; 1/3/2012

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West Rockhill passes budget

West Rockhill supervisors passed a final 2012 budget that will maintain the 2011 tax rate. Homeowners with a single-family home assessed at the township average of $31,939 will pay about $168 in township property taxes. The operating expenses for the 2012 budget are about $71,000 lower than last year.

Source: PhillyBurbs.com; 12/27/2011


Bristol Township schools will not seek Act 1 exceptions

The Bristol Township School Board recently voted not to seek exceptions to raise taxes above the 2.1 percent Act 1 index set for the 2012-13 school year.  School districts must decide early in the budget process to raise taxes above the Act 1 index set by the state Department of Education, either by voter referendum during the primary election or through state exceptions for costs that cannot be controlled. The current property tax millage for the school district is 188.3 mills, or $3,366 for a single-family home assessed at the township average of $17,877.

Source: Courier Times; 1/5/2012


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