Montgomery Township officials have approved a preliminary budget for next year that does not raise property taxes. The 16-million dollar spending plan also continues the Homestead Exclusion that allows residential property owners to shield $30,000 of the assessed value of their home from taxation. This is the seventh year in a row that officials in Montgomeryville have rolled out a budget without raising property taxes. The township supervisors will take final action on the spending plan December 12th.
Homeowners in Lansdale can rest easy. Borough officials Wednesday night said the 2012 budget that will be rolled out in less than two weeks will not include a property tax hike. There won't be any increase in sewer or electric rates either. Borough officials also say Lansdale residents can expect enhancements in municipal services as a result of some new hires. The additional employees in the borough budget for next year include an Information Technology Manager as well as a police officer.
A motorist is dead following a four vehicle pile up on the westbound Schuylkill Expressway near Gulph Mills. It happened shortly before noon on Friday. Investigators say a tractor trailer was unable to stop in time as traffic slowed in front of it. The big rig struck a car and the motorist inside was killed. Three other cars were also involved in the chain reaction accident. The drivers of those vehicles were treated for minor injuries at Paoli Hospital. The crash closed the Expressway for about four hours. It happened shortly after state transportation officials had opened a new off ramp from the westbound Schuylkill onto South Gulph and Henderson Roads. That exit gives motorists a new way to reach or avoid the King of Prussia Mall and should ease congestion at the Route 202 interchange.