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No tax increase for Upper Macungie next year

BREINIGSVILLE, Pa. - Upper Macungie Township unveiled the initial draft of its 2019 budget which calls for no tax increase and keeps the millage rate at 0.64 mills Thursday night.

According to township finance director Bruce Koller, for the average Upper Macungie home assessed at $235,249 that translates into $151 in township taxes annually.

Additionally, he pointed pointed out the corresponding Lehigh County tax would amount to $856 at 3.64 mills and school taxes at 15.52 mills total $3,651. That’s a final annual real estate tax of $4,658 for homeowners.

Koller also noted Upper Macungie ranks second behind the city of Allentown for total property tax values at just over $4 billion and is followed by Lower Macungie, South Whitehall, and Upper Saucon townships.

Regarding budget specifics, next year's township revenues amount to nearly $34.3 million with expenses at $32.5 million providing a surplus to the municipality of just over $1.8 million.

According to Koller's presentation, the top revenues are generated by fees, permits and charges at $11.7 million followed by tax revenues of $10.34 million.

The township's largest expenses come from personnel ($9.4 million), contractual services such as water, sewer, trash collection ($11.8 million) and capital expenses ($4 million).

Koller said the following the supervisors' approval of the initial draft it will be advertised for 20 days and voted on for final approval on Dec. 6.

In other business, the supervisors approved a no cost to the township one-day training program on dog park usage for dog owners to be conducted by Passion for Paws.

Pet owners will be taught how to properly use dog park facilities including how to break up fights, dog etiquette and other useful information.

The Route 100 dog park will host the initial class where a minimal registration fee will be required with the proceeds being donated to the dog parks for their maintenance.

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