Salem Township may raise sewage rates
Salem Township supervisors have presented a preliminary budget for 2007 that would not require a tax increase, but would include a hike in sewage rates.
A proposed 2007 spending plan, approved by unanimous vote, projects revenues at $1,243,500 and expenditures at $1,235,513. Real estate taxes would remain at 6 mills.
Supervisor Ron Martz said the current $32 monthly sewage rate would increase to $40.
He attributed a few factors to the need for the rate hike. These include two major breaks in lines -- one under Route 22 near the GetGo and another in the force main under Route 66 at the Clover Leaf pump station.
Those projects combined to nearly drain a sewage maintenance account that had about $400,000.
Salem Township will incur additional expenses as a result of the BO2 section of the Route 22 reconstruction project and a $2 monthly increase in Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority rates.
"It just took a tremendous amount of money," Martz said. "There were major problems and we spent hundreds of thousands of dollars (to fix). Those projects just ate it."
Supervisors plan to approve a final 2007 budget when they meet Dec. 21.
"Somehow, we're going to struggle through next year," Martz said.
The last tax increase approved by the board was a 1-mill hike in 2002 for the 2003 spending plan.