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LEHIGH TWP., Pa. – The Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors adopted the 2020 budget by a 4-0 vote. The $5.6 million spending plan contains no property tax increase.

Local enabling taxes ($1.7 million) and real estate taxes ($1.65) comprise the two largest categories of revenue. The township also derives nearly $1.3 million in funds from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania grants. The township budget also allocates for revenues of $49,000 from issuing building permits and $22,000 coming from sewage permits.

The township's police department leads expenditures, costing taxpayers nearly $1.9 million. Nearly half of that amount, about $882,000, is allocated for salaries and wages.

Highway maintenance general services costs top $1 million, while actual maintenance and repair to the township's roadways costs $890,254 and roughly $350,000 for supplies.

In other categories, fire department expenditures register at $211,000. Office costs of $87,048 on clerical and office salaries and $72,526 for the township manager's salary are also near the top of line-item expenditures.

Another larger spending item is the nearly $380,000 for recreation board projects.

In other news, the township will consider a property maintenance code regarding inspections of rental units at next month's meeting. One resident who addressed the board, Adam Raker, questioned why the township would involve themselves in a business transaction between two separate parties. He said the additional costs and fees would be passed on by landlords to tenants.

Supervisor Phil Gogel acknowledged Raker's points, but added the township regulates other items that benefit the public's health, safety and welfare.

Supervisor Michael Jones was absent from Tuesday night's meeting.