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2019 BUDGET STATEMENT
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA
The Springfield Township Board of Commissioners proposes a balanced operating budget for 2019 of $17,469,916 with a real estate tax rate of 4.441 mills and an earned income tax rate of 1.0%.
2019 REAL ESTATE TAX RATE
General Purpose Tax (Max 30 Mills) 4.441 Mills
Court Approved (Max 5 Mills) 0 Mills
Special Purpose Taxes 0 Mills
To summarize the impact on the “typical” taxpayer as a result of the 2019 budget projections, the taxpayer will realize a $38.94 real estate tax increase, and an $8.58 refuse service fee increase. In years 2006 and 2007, the real estate taxes were reduced from past years, and the real estate tax rate for 2008 through 2012 remained unchanged. In 2013 there was a modest increase in taxes followed by a reduction in the tax rate in 2014. In 2015, real estate taxes were increased, but held steady again in 2016. The 2017 real estate taxes were increased by $50.10, and in 2018 by $44.55. The increases both years were due to due to debt service payments, contractual increases to employee wages and benefits, and insurance premiums.
The “typical” household in Springfield Township with a $175,400 property assessment will pay $778.95 in real estate taxes in 2019. The 5.3% increase in real estate taxes is principally due to an increase in debt service related to the municipal campus renovation project, contributions to the volunteer fire companies and emergency medical service provider, utility and building maintenance costs, and contractual increases to employee wages and benefits.
The 2016 refuse service fee was the same as in 2015, but the 2017 fee was increased by $10.13 per year, or a discounted annual rate of $202.37. In 2018 the refuse fee increased by $3.19 due to an increase in the waste disposal fee and the amount of waste collected. The 2019 discounted annual fee for refuse service will be $214.14. In 2019 the resource recovery plant where the solid wastes are converted to energy is increasing its disposal fees to the Township by $1.14 per ton. In addition, the average monthly cost to process and market single stream recyclables is projected to increase by $5.83 per ton in 2019. The amount of household refuse collected by the Township continues to increase while the recycling tonnage is decreasing. The market for sorted recyclable materials has also been negatively impacted by restrictions imposed by the Chinese government banning the import of certain recyclable materials.
The Township will continue to fund its general budgetary obligations through traditional revenue sources such as real state tax, earned income tax, real estate transfer tax, mercantile and business privilege tax, licenses and permits, fines and department earnings. However, in 2019 a local services tax will be enacted whereby individuals employed within Springfield Township will pay $1 per week or $52 annually. Those who do not earn more than $12,000 annually are exempt from the tax.
The 2019 preliminary budget will be made available for inspection in the office of the Township Manager, 1510 Paper Mill Road, Wyndmoor, and in the Township Library, 8900 Hawthorne Lane, Wyndmoor, beginning 5:00 PM on November 16, 2018. The 2019 preliminary budget will also be posted to the Township website on or before the above date. Summary copies of the budget are also available upon request. The Board of Commissioners will accept questions and comments on the Budget at their workshop meeting on December 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM and again as a part of a budget hearing and budget adoption on December 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM. All aforementioned meetings will be held in the Springfield Township Building, 1510 Paper Mill Road, Wyndmoor.