The good news is there will not be a Salisbury Township tax hike in 2019.
The bad news is the township capital fund balance is expected to be depleted in about five years and to be nearly $1 million in negative territory in about 10 years.
The 2018 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 would be $440.
And, while the township millage rate is expected to remain the same, increased water and sewer rates and refuse and recycling fees are anticipated in 2019.
‘The animals are safe and sound,” Lehigh County Humane Society CEO Hal Warner said of the animals recovered from a home in the 900 block of Hillcrest Drive South Oct. 15.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15, the Macungie Police Department received a call for unattended dogs at the home.
The Western Salisbury Elementary PTA is holding the fall book fair. Students will visit the fair with their classrooms either Oct. 17 or 18. But the big event is the book bingo 6-8 p.m. Oct. 19. There will be a visit from Scholastic character Geronimo Stilton, a cupcake raffle and for every student who plays bingo – a free book. Come out, have fun, win some books and buy some, too.
Salisbury Township schools will have an early dismissal Oct. 19. The high school and middle school dismiss 12:15 p.m. and the elementary schools let out 1 p.m.
Emmaus Historical Society chicken dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the October program at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall, Fifth and Chestnut streets, Emmaus. The program is “On My Honor” – the history of Boy Scout Troops in Emmaus. There is a charge for the dinner and tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, call 610-966-6591 or visit www.emmaushistoric-pa.org.
The East Penn School District Education Foundation, along with the Emmaus High School Counseling Department, held its first 2018 Career Exploration Fair Oct. 4.
This event was open to all Lehigh Valley students in sixth through 12th grades and their families.
Representatives from over 50 businesses set up tables in the high school and talked with interested students about various career paths.
Salisbury Township Police Department officers joined with police departments in all 50 states Oct. 3 with Coffee with a Cop community outreach efforts to improve trust and build relationships – one cup of coffee at a time.
The gathering was held 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lehigh Street South Mall Starbucks store with township citizens coming and going, grabbing a complimentary cup of coffee and asking questions or making comments about police department efforts in their neighborhoods.
Lehigh County Commissioners Sept. 26, in a first reading or preliminary approval, voted 5-4 to hire the law firm Anapol Weiss to serve as counsel for the county of Lehigh and “several other unnamed counties” to press the county’s goal of making much of the county’s older housing stock safe from lead poisoning.
Commissioners Dr. Percy Dougherty, Marty Nothstein, Amanda Holt and Brad Osborne, all Republicans, voted against the measure. Nathan Brown and Marc Grammes, also Republicans, voted for the measure, as did Democrats Geoff Brace, Amy Zanelli and Dan Hartzell.