The Marple commissioners are not messing with success.
For the second consecutive year, the board approved the upcoming year’s budget with a corresponding zero percent tax increase. The millage will remain at 4.48 and for the average home assessed at $161,000, the typical tax bill will still be approximately $721.
Nearly 82 percent of the $16.2 million budget will be devoted to the police department (48 percent), highways/streets/parks (21 percent) and general government (13 percent). The remainder is divided among code enforcement/planning/zoning/emergency management, debt principal and debt interest, the Marple Public Library, Broomall Fire Co., Marple Township Ambulance Service and Marple Newtown Recreation.
Holding the line on taxes does not translate to holding the line on expenses, said President Joe Rufo. To the contrary, he noted the 2018 budget increases contributions to the library and fire company, provides for a $390,000 road repaving program and covers the debt service costs incurred in the last year for the new police station, improvements to Paxon Hollow Country Club, energy efficient LED street light program and contribution to the fire company for its new station.
“The commissioners and township staff worked hard to put together and adopt a budget that does not require a tax increase and does not cut or reduce any programs and services,” he added. “Residents will continue to receive the level of service they expect from the township.”
The remainder of the budget includes the sewer ($3.8 million), with fees of $6.95 per 1,000 gallons of water used or $385 for wells; refuse ($2 million), with rates of $215 for curbside and $330 for rear pickup; Paxon Hollow Country Club ($1.9 million) and highway aid ($650,000) funds. In general, rates will remain the same at the club, which traditionally has contributed $250,000-$300,000 to the general fund.