Upper Southampton Township will not be asking for an increase in real estate taxes for 2013.
"I am absolutely pleased that there is no tax increase, that the budget is balanced and that we can move forward," said Township Supervisor Lola Biuckians.
The proposed budget that the board of supervisors proffered at its meeting Tuesday evening kept the real estate tax rate at 21.88 mills, the same as for 2012. Trash collection fees also remained unchanged.
Township Manager Joe Golden said the township will continue its aggressive program to improve infrastructure, particularly in the areas of stormwater management, street paving and recreation.
Golden offered the following summary of the 2013 budget:
Included in the budget is the construction of various stormwater management projects, at a cost of approximately $271,000, the creation of a new summer camp program at two sites by the Parks and Recreation Department, the purchase of new radio's and communications equipment for emergency services in the amount of $205,000 and the repaving of various township streets at a cost of $267,000.
Two vehicles will be purchased for the police department and a bucket truck will be replaced for the public works department.
Also included in the budget are various contributions: $498,400 to the Southampton Free Library, $251,685 to the Southampton Fire Company and $104,000 contribution to the Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad.
The township's 2013 budget is comprised of 21 funds totaling $14.1 million.