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No tax increase in 2018 for Palmer Township

PALMER TWP., Pa. - Palmer Township is following down the path of neighboring municipalities by keeping taxes unchanged in the new year.

The board of supervisors at its Tuesday evening meeting unanimously approved the 2018 budget.

According to township manager Christopher Christman, the real estate tax rate will stay constant at 8.25 mills.

"The average homeowner with a property assessed at $74,000 would have to pay a bill of $610.50," he explained.

Included in the budget for 2018 are a total of $11.1 million in revenue and $10.6 million in expenses.

"[There] are no major changes over the 2017 budget," Christman stressed.

In other business, the board approved Lower Nazareth Township to construct a sewer line that will connect Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority throughout the township to provide sewer treatment to the proposed Lehigh Valley Hospital Network campus.

Also during the meeting, the board unanimously approved the police pension plan. 

The plan, Christman noted, requires the board to "approve a resolution annually to denote if the plan requires a contribution form from employees."

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