Upper Macungie's proposed 2013 budget would again hold the line on taxes, even as the township prepares to open its own police department in January.
Township residents would pay $16 more in sewer fees, but their garbage and recycling fees would decrease by $60, said township treasurer Barry Moyer.
The proposed 2013 budget is $13.7 million, a decrease of $2.7 million from the current year. Moyer said the 2012 budget was higher because it included the $2.2 million construction cost of the township's new police department building and the township's final $200,000 payment to the Parkland School district for the Lone Lane Park land.
"This budget is lean and mean," said Moyer. "There are no major expenses in this budget. I don't know where we can cut anymore out of it."
Under the proposed budget, property taxes would remain at 2 mills (although the towship may have to adjust its millage rate once Lehigh County's reassessments numbers are in), sewer fees would increase to $356 from $340, and garbage and recycling fees would decrease to $288 from $348.
A homeowner whose property is assessed at $200,000 would continue to pay $400 in taxes next year.
Township employees would see a 1.98 percent pay raise -- 45 cents an hour increase -- under the proposed budget. The township has 53 full and part-time employees and anticipates adding 27 police officers.
As a member of the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police force, Upper Macungie contributed $2.8 million to the regional operation. Now that Upper Macungie is creating its own police force, the township anticipates police costs to only increase about $200,000 a year, Moyer said.
The lower garbage and recycling fee is the result of the township's new contract with a new hauler. Waste Management will replace Raritan Valley in trash collection, he said.
The supervisors will vote on the budget at their Dec. 6 meeting.