SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Salisbury Township has held the line on taxes for 2019.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on no tax increase.
“There is no tax increase. It will remain at 2.2 mills,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich said at the Dec. 13 meeting when commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget.
The township tax rate is to remain at 2.2 mills for 2019.
Based on the average township residential assessment of $200,000, the tax bill is $440.
The tax rate for general township purposes is 1.93000 mills, for fire protection, 0.20900 mills, and for library services, 0.06100 mills, for the total of 2.20000 mills.
Commissioners voted 5-0 in separate votes to approve water and sewer rates, refuse and recycling rates and the police pension contribution.
Water and sewer and refuse and recycling costs will increase. These are described by township officials as pass-along costs from the Lehigh County Authority and Republic Services, respectively.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the water rate is $6.60 per 1,000 gallons, an increase of 30 cents, from $6.30 per 1,000 gallons.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the sewer rate for each private dwelling unit is $288 annually, or $72 per quarterly billing period, an increase of $6 per quarter from $66 per quarter.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the sewer rate for owners of nonresidential improved properties connected is $316.80 annually, or $79.20 per quarterly billing period per unit.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the billing rate for refuse and recycling collection services is $272 annually, or $68 per quarter, an increase of $1 per quarter from the previous $67 per quarter.
The Minimum Municipal Obligation for 2019 to the Police Pension Plan is $435,442, with police officers to contribute to the plan in the amount equal to 3.04 percent of annual compensation during 2019.
2019 adopted budgets
Current Year: $8,447,141
Use of Prior-Year Reserves: $476,929
General Government: $861,470
Public Safety (non-police): $496,662
Highway and Public Works: $1,622,390
Environmental Advisory Council: $1,550
Insurances and Benefits: $2,399,776
Contributions and Miscellaneous: $61,650
Interfund Transfers: $263,750
Total Operating Expenditures: $8,048,438
Debt Service: $183,632
Total Non-Operating Expenditures: $875,632
Fire Protection Fund
Operating Expenditures: $279,386
Non-Operating Expenditures: $65,751
Transfers to Reserves: $97,513
Current Year: $81,550
Use of Prior-Year Reserves: $110
Operating Expenditures: $81,660
Current Year: $1,942,760
Use of Prior-Year Reserves: $86,039
Operating Expenditures: $1,806,460
Non-Operating Expenditures: $222,339
Current Year: $2,175,100
Use of Prior-Year Reserves: $61,881
Operating Expenditures: $1,968,000
Non-Operating Expenditures: $268,981
Refuse and Recycling Fund
Operating Expenditures: $1,427,653
Transfer to Reserves: $447
Highway Aid Fund
Operating Expenditures: $230,000
Capital Expenditures: $80,000
Transfer to Reserves: $169,538