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Hanover Township officials concerned about future of police force

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Township Manager John J. Finnigan, Jr. presented the preliminary 2018 budget with no projected tax increase to the Hanover Township Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday meeting. 

Finnigan said that tax rates will remain the same as they have been since 2008. The rate for general taxes has been 3.40 mills, with a Fire Tax of .50 mills. 

He said that the budget will be “revenue flat.”

Finnigan said that the township’s overall infrastructure is in “great shape,” and that the township will put out a proposal for a company to upgrade the township’s servers and computers.  He called upgrading computers a “wise investment.”

Also included in the budget will be the hiring of a new public works employee, Finnigan said. 

The township manager said he was concerned that Lower Nazareth Township may vote to withdraw from the Colonial Regional Police Department at its Oct. 11 meeting. That township, along with the Borough of Bath and Hanover Township, had formed an agreement in 1995 to share the costs of police protection.

Bath Borough Council voted on July 12 to leave the Colonial Regional Police, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Finnigan said that if Lower Nazareth should also decide to leave the agreement, the extra costs associated with Hanover Township paying for its own police might lead to a tax increase in the future. Hanover has found it difficult so far to find other partners to possibly share police costs, Finnigan said. 

The Hanover Township Supervisors will now review the budget over the coming month.

Board Vice-Chairman Mark Tanczos was absent.

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