The Springfield Township, Bucks Co., Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday night to adopt a $1.7 million budget for next year.
The budget includes a real estate property tax increase of 1.5 mills from the current 4.5 to 6 mills.
Outgoing Board Chairperson, Barbara Lindtner said the tax increase, which amounts to approximately $60 per property owner annually, will be used to fund the needs of emergency management personnel and firefighters in the township.
Lindtner explained the board justified the tax hike in order to meet the everyday needs of the Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Management Services (UBREMS) workers, and the all-volunteer Springtown Fire Company, both of which serve the township.
In other matters, the supervisors and township residents applauded Lindtner for 18 years of service to the township.
Twelve of those years were spent on the planning commission, and the last six on the board of supervisors.
Lindtner said although she failed to get reelected for next year, she hopes to remain affiliated with Springfield's Parks and Recreation Committee.
"Open space preservation was my goal," stated Lindtner. She added, during her years of service, almost 3,000 acres of land were saved from becoming subdivisions.
She specifically cited saving the 250-acre Metzger property and the Rolling Hills parcel on Slifer Valley Road.
"I don't think there's a fairer person on the board. Barb likes to listen and really cares," commented Supervisor John Oehler.
Chief of Police Michael McDonald said, "Barb made sure police officers had what they need to do their jobs."
Lindnter said she believes in specific and detailed parks and recreation plans and hopes the Peppermint Road Park project is successfully completed, because township residents want passive recreation sites that include walking, hiking, and biking trails.