The Upper Gwynedd Commissioners have approved a budget for next year that does not include a property tax increase. Township officials kept a lid on expenses by deferring some capital projects but there won't be any layoffs or cuts in municipal services. Property taxes have remained stable in Upper Gwynedd since 2001 when the millage rate was actually cut by 33%. The budget also includes a homestead exemption that allows qualified homeowners to shield $30,000 of the assessed value of their property from taxation.
Lansdale Borough Council has taken action to advertise a budget for next year. Property taxes as well as sewer and electric rates will not increase under the proposed 30.6-million-dollar spending plan. There won't be any cuts in municipal services either. Borough Manager Timi Kirchner says the level of public safety will actually be enhanced by the hiring of an additional police officer. The budget will be open for public inspection until December 21st when borough council is expected to give it final approval.