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Supervisors Approve 2014 Budget

Upper Macungie approves 2014 budget, which contains no tax hike for residents.

Last month, Upper Macungie's treasurer described the township's 2014 budget as "lean and mean."

Add another adjective to that list: official.

The township supervisors voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve the budget, which includes no tax increase.

The $14.1 million budget keeps the Upper Macungie property tax rate at .64 mills, which means the owner of a property assessed at $100,000 would pay a $64 property tax.

The biggest expenses in the budget are the police department—$3.3 million—and refuse/recycling, at $1.8 million. 

Meanwhile, the board said goodbye to veteran supervisor Ed Earley, whose final meeting was Thursday. Earley was defeated in May's primary by Jim Brunnell, who will take office next month.

“He was definitely an asset and a mentor," fellow Supervisor Sam Ashmar said.

Residents gave Earley a standing ovation. The board will hold a reorganization meeting Monday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m., followed by its regular monthly meeting.
John December 06, 2013 at 07:31 AM
Kudos to the Township Board, demonstrating fiscal responsibility with taxpayers money. I can only hope that some of your fiscal capabilities could rub off on our School Board geniuses, with all of their experience and all of their letters after their names, one might think SOMEBODY took a course in economics! Or maybe our township administrators used a word NEVER used by our school board....."NO"!
Chris Casey December 07, 2013 at 08:04 AM
Don't hold your breath John, as long as State law allows the School board a minimum amount to increase taxes without voter approval, they will continue to bleed homeowners dry at Parkland

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