NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, PA — Regardless of opposition from native residents, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to approve a preliminary 2021 price range that raises property taxes by about 133 %.
Supervisors voted 4-1 to promote the price range, with supervisor Kyle Davis voting towards the measure. If the price range is adopted in December, the typical house owner in Newtown Township can anticipate to pay about $193 extra in property taxes to the township subsequent 12 months.
Throughout Wednesday’s assembly, a bunch of residents introduced a petition that has obtained almost 400 signatures as of Friday morning calling on supervisors to rethink the tax enhance. Addressing the board throughout public remark, Jonathan Seamans, of Newtown Grant, puzzled if the township hadn’t thought of all of their choices to cut back expenditures.
With out sufficient reserve funds accessible, Supervisor Chair Phillip Calabro stated not elevating taxes would come on the expense of shedding public workers.
“We couldn’t move something tonight, or we may lower a couple of law enforcement officials or firefighters,” Calabro advised one resident. “God forbid if one thing have been to occur, they will not be capable to come show you how to.”
Supervisor Dennis Fisher stated a lot of the township’s current monetary woes date again to 2015, when Lockheed Martin closed its Newtown facility.
“Now we have had a structural deficiency over the previous a number of years since Lockheed left,” Fisher stated. “Now we have a gap within the price range that basically hasn’t been addressed.”
The board is anticipated to vote to undertake the ultimate price range at its Dec. 22 assembly.