Buffalo Township officials to raise property taxes 9% for next year’s budget, buy new cop car, and seal more roads

Officials in the Township of Buffalo plan to raise taxes by about 9% to deal with the rising spending.

Supervisors have proposed raising the tax rate from 5.5 million to 6 million to balance their 2022 budget.

The 0.5 million increase is expected to generate $ 30,000 for the township and cost the average homeowner about $ 10 more in taxes next year, Supervisor Chairman Ron Zampogna III said.

“I think we’re just trying to keep up with the increases and spending going on in all areas,” he said.

Projected revenues are $ 2.78 million and expenses are $ 2.806 million.

Budget documents indicate that the township will withdraw about $ 26,000 of its equity, or cash at the end of the year, to close the gap. No service has been reduced.

Supervisor Albert Roenigk said elected officers and directors carefully reviewed the budget and found no choice when it came to increasing revenues.

“I’m not the type to raise taxes, but I know it’s probably necessary,” he said. “The price of everything is going up, and I think there is going to be a small increase in taxes.”

The budget documents estimate $ 415,000 in property taxes, $ 1.6 million in Law 511 taxes, including $ 120,000 in local services tax, $ 7,200 in commercial licenses and permits, $ 12,000 in fines and confiscations, $ 101,000 in rents and royalties and $ 168,800 in intergovernmental revenues.

The expenses include $ 292,000 for general administration, including $ 50,000 for the engineer and $ 35,000 for legal services, $ 1,035 for public security including $ 575,000 in salaries and $ 25,000 for a new car. police, $ 552,000 for public works and $ 712,000 for various expenses including various insurance.

The preliminary budget is available for review at the township office, 109 Bear Creek Road.

Supervisors plan to adopt their 2022 budget at a meeting on December 8.

Buffalo’s most recent tax hike came in 2019, when a 26% increase in property taxes lowered taxes from $ 4.38 to $ 5.5 million, an increase of $ 1.12 million.

Zampogna said the township invested in its police and public works fleet this year with the purchase of a new police car and dump truck.

The proposed budget provides $ 25,000 in the two departments section for vehicle funding.

The township traditionally paves about eight to ten streets per year.

Roenigk said public works could treat more roads next year with a fog seal, an application of a diluted, slow-setting asphalt emulsion designed to extend the life of the existing pavement.

He said doing more traditional paving would be more expensive and require a higher tax increase.

“We get them early before they get really bad,” Roenigk said of sealing more roads. “If you wait for them to get really bad, you’ll have a lot of holes.”

He also noted that the township is working with landowners to combat stormwater runoff from private roads to township streets. Two of the problem areas impact Beale and Parker roads.

Michael DiVittorio is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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