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Whitehall Township property tax to remain unchanged

WHITEHALL TWP, Pa. - Residents will see no increase in their property taxes under the proposed 2018 Whitehall Township budget.

The current real estate millage rate of 2.80 will remain, so that a taxpayer with a property assessed at $150,000 will continue to pay $420 annually. 

The proposed budget, discussed by the township’s board of commissioners at its Monday workshop meeting, also holds other tax rates steady, including the per capita tax of $5.00 per resident and the local services tax of no more than $52 a year.

The total earned income tax rate for the township and Whitehall School District will also stay at 1.50 percent. 

Another highlight of the proposed budget will be the hiring of an additional police officer at a cost of over $100,000. 

The budget also proposes replacing five police vehicles, with each costing between $30,000 and $40,000. 

Also called for in the proposed budget is $79,000 to replace the fire chief’s vehicle. 

The budget provides funds to rebuild five township streets, including $500,000 for work on Coplay Road.

The budget also allots money for work on the township’s pools, including adding a slide to Jefferson Pool in Fullerton.

The board will vote on final adoption of the budget at its Dec. 11 meeting.

The board will also vote at its Dec. 11 meeting on whether to approve the reappointment of Robert Miller to serve on the Recreation Commission representing the Historical Society. Miller’s term would expire on Sept. 30, 2020. 

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