Thursday, May 16, 2013
Township Council approved legislation Wednesday. Officials were required by the state to accept laws that more clearly define what noise levels are acceptable and when.
New rules governing how much and how long excessive noise can be made in town were approved by the council Wednesday night. Officials were required to update the rules governing neighborhood noise in town after state officials approved new regulations. Pets will not be allowed to create noises across property lines that disturb a resident’s “peace” and “comfort,’ the legislation states. Pets cannot howl, bark, or squawk un-interrupted for five minutes with an average of four or more vocalizations a minute or for 20 minutes with an average of two or more vocalizations per minute. “If we all are just courteous to one another, we don’t even care about the law because we’re all operating that way,” said Councilwoman Lonni Miller Ryan, who …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Five-acre lot on Route 23 contains a Staples and several other businesses.
Officials have settled a tax appeal between the township and the owner of the Glen Eagle Shopping Center on Route 23 South. The owner of the 5-acre property, which contains a Staples, a Dunkin’ Donuts and several other businesses, will receive a $122,000 rebate for taxes paid between 2010 and 2012, confirmed Robert Miller, chief financial officer of the township. The land and building is assessed at more than $5.9 million for the 2013 tax year; the land is valued at more than $3.2 million, the building at more than $2.6 million. The property owner paid slightly more than $289,000 in taxes in 2012. The number of tax appeals filed against the township has increased dramatically in recent years. More than 1,100 appeals were filed in 2012, up …
Monday, May 6, 2013
$28.6 million in salaries budgeted in 2013 spending plan.
Salaries and wages for township employees increased by only $136,000 this year. More than $28.6 million in salaries and wages has been budgeted this year, as compared to the slightly more than the $28.5 million that was budgeted last year, an increase of less than one half of one percent. Six positions were eliminated this year, which helped keep the increase to a minimum, Mayor Chris Vergano said. The positions were: assistant township engineer, police department secretary, director of purchasing, sewer plant secretary, water meter repairman and violations clerk. Thirty-eight positions have been eliminated since Vergano became mayor in 2008, including the six this year. The savings from the moves totals more than $6.4 million. The Police …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Municipal portion of average tax bill could increase more than $50 with the approval of the 2013 municipal budget.
The town council is expected to adopt the 2013 municipal budget Wednesday. The $78 million budget includes a proposed $56.5 million tax levy, the portion of the budget funded by local taxes. A $59.8 million tax levy was introduced in March. That levy would raise the average homeowner’s municipal taxes by $59, the lowest such increase in a decade. The average home is valued at $229,000. A budget hearing will be held before the council votes. “It's never good when you have a tax increase, but in order for us to run the government and provide the services that our residents have grown accustomed to, I will tell you it is becoming more and more difficult,” Vergano said in March. The average homeowner’s taxes increased $89 in 2011 and $99 in …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Stricter regulations intended to prevent 'seedy' businesses from coming to town.
The council established new rules Wednesday governing the operation of new massage parlors in the township. Officials approved a litany of changes regarding new massage parlors and nail salons that have massage chairs. Mayor Chris Vergano said the changes are designed to prevent “seedy” businesses from coming to town. Officials said that they have had to deal with complaints from residents regarding busloads of people coming to certain establishments late at night. “Our goal here was not to put you out of business,” Vergano said to a massage parlor owner at the council meeting. “Our goal was not to hurt your type of establishment but to protect your type of establishment and go after the other type of establishments that, quite frankly, …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Council looks to ban exposed genitals and hold business owners to new standards of cleanliness.
Officials introduced legislation last week that tightens the town’s grip on massage parlors with a slew of new regulations that ban exposed genitals and require owners to submit a sterilization plan. The proposed changes are extensive. Officials discussed approving such changes last March, but decided to wait until the state changed its requirements pertaining to the establishments. The law would require that a patron’s “sexual or genital areas” be covered by towels, cloths, or undergarments when in the presence of an employee. “We have, over time, checked on several establishments because sometimes customers complain about maybe seeing something they think shouldn’t be happening,” Police Chief John Reardon said last March. An employee of …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Council introduced $78 million budget last week. Proposed $59 tax increase is lowest in 10 years.
The township’s proposed $78 million budget has been placed online for residents to review. The council introduced the budget on Thursday. The budget includes a $59.8 million tax levy. If approved, the levy would increase the average homeowner’s municipal taxes by $59, the lowest such increase in a decade. A copy of the proposed budget has been attached to this article or can be viewed by clicking here. The budget is scheduled to be approved in May or June.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Council introduces a $78 million budget with the lowest proposed tax increase in 10 years.
The average homeowner’s municipal taxes could rise $59, the lowest increase in a decade, if the council approves its $78 million budget. The council voted 8-1 Wednesday to introduce the proposed $78 million spending plan, which includes a $59.8 million tax levy, the portion of the budget funded by property taxes. Second Ward Councilman Al Sadowski voted against introducing it. Mayor Chris Vergano said the $59 increase is the lowest proposed tax increase in the past 10 years. The average home is valued at $229,000. “It's never good when you have a tax increase, but in order for us to run the government and provide the services that our residents have grown accustomed to, I will tell you it is becoming more and more difficult,” Vergano said…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Municipal taxes have increased, on average, nearly $200 in the previous two years.
The council will introduce the 2013 municipal budget at its meeting Wednesday. The municipal portion of the average homeowner’s tax bill increased $89 in 2011 and $99 last year. The average home is valued at $229,000. The budget went up $1.4 million in 2012, a 2 percent increase. The budget included a $58.9 million tax levy, the portion of the budget funded by local taxes, up from $56.7 million in 2011. Budget figures for this year were not yet available. The meeting will be broadcast online and on cable channel 77. The council voted five to two to approve the budget last year. Councilmen Al Sadowski and Joseph Scuralli voted the budget down. “I’ve never voted for a tax increase because I don’t believe the tax burden can be expanded any …
Monday, March 18, 2013
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