Upper Township’s proposed budget will hardly change and municipal taxes will remain flat in the third year since the township reintroduced a local purpose tax.
The average homeowner with a residential property assessed at $332,000 will pay $312 to support the municipal budget Township Committee has introduced, slightly less than last year but only because the average residential assessment dropped by $4,000.
The municipality went nearly 60 years without having its own tax because it receives millions of dollars a year for hosting the B.L. England power plant. It will receive about $6.2 million this year through what’s called the energy receipts tax.
The $2 million tax levy would be 1 percent less than last year, while the total size of the budget is increasing by almost 2 percent due to grants for road improvements and hazard mitigation work in Strathmere.
Salaries and wages will rise by $114,680 as both union and nonunion employees see pay raises in the spending plan. Debt service and deferred charges are decreasing by a total of $35,242.
The public hearing for the budget is schedule at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Township Hall at 2100 Tuckahoe Road.
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