Upper Macungie Township is prepared for the anticipated pension shortfall from the unwinding of the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department.
The township, according to supervisor Sam Ashmar, has $730,000 banked for an expected pension shortfall.
The Berks-Lehigh Police Commission voted unanimously to dissolve the regional police department as of Dec. 31, 2012 after Upper Macungie supervisors voted to leave the Berks-Lehigh force and create their own as of Jan. 1.
Both Ashmar and township supervisor chairman Edward Earley sit on the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Commission, which is still holding meetings to wind down and disburse assets. Earlier this year, township supervisors set up a special account dedicated to Berks-Lehigh pension monies. The township netted $600,000 earlier this year from an auction of Berks-Lehigh Regional Police equipment and other assets.