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Lower Macungie hikes sewer rate, holds line on other taxes, fees

Increase necessitated by sewer improvements

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - With a unanimous vote, The Lower Macungie Township commissioners approved the township's 2018 budget at Thursday's meeting.

The $31.75 million budget holds the line on property taxes and refuse rates, but does feature a 15 percent sewer rate hike. For a family of four that would mean a quarterly increase of $11.40. The hike was required to meet a federally mandated sewer rehabilitation project that impacts several Lehigh County municipalities.

Some of the budget's highlights include the expansion of the township's library, community center and an additional gym, along with a new traffic light at Cedar Crest Boulevard and Minesite Road. The township will also purchase a small dump truck and two pickup trucks with snow plows and lights at the upper parking lot at Camp Olympic will also be installed. In addition a second dog park at Camp Olympic will be completed. 

The budget also sets aside $1.6 million for land purchase and preservation and $650,000 is allocated for continued sewer rehabilitation work.

Also, the township will spend $550,000 on street paving and $300,000 on bridge repairs.

Last, a pedestrian bridge connecting the Graymoor subdivision with the Four Seasons development will be completed.

A total of 31,500 people live in Lower Macungie Township, according to township Manager Bruce Fosselman. 

At the same meeting, the commissioners approved the merger of the Lower Macungie and Alburtis fire departments. (See ¨Lower Macungie, Alburtis," above.)

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