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Salem Township may raise sewage rates

| Friday, May 4, 2012, 2:19 a.m.

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.

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