Budget and Finance
2013 BUDGET STATEMENT
The Springfield Township Board of Commissioners has adopted a balanced operating budget for 2013 of $16,840,591 with a real estate tax rate of 3.584 mills and an earned income tax rate of 1.0 percent.
2013 REAL ESTATE TAX RATE
General Purpose Tax (max. 30 mills) 3.584 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 2013 budget projections, the taxpayer will realize an increase to the real estate taxes and sanitary sewer rental, but there will be a decrease in the refuse service fee. The 2013 budget proposes to increase the real estate tax rate to 3.584 mills, the first increase in real estate taxes in eight years. In years 2006 and 2007, the real estate taxes were reduced, and the real estate tax rate for 2008 - 2012 remained unchanged. The refuse service fee will decrease by $1.10 while the sanitary sewer rental will increase on the average of $16.33 per household.
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Residents will continue to pay for sanitary sewer service and refuse collection and disposal through separate fees. The City of Philadelphia conveys and treats the overwhelming majority of the Township's wastewater and for the year 2013, the City estimates that their costs will be increased by 6%. Their increased costs are necessary in order to maintain compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act, and to align their costs to treat biochemical oxygen demand and suspended solids within the wastewaters. The
The 2012 discounted refuse service fee was $194.86 per dwelling unit, and this is proposed to be decreased in 2013 by $1.10, or $193.76. The tipping fee charged by the Waste System Authority of Eastern Montgomery County will remain the same as in 2013, or $65 per ton. A stable tipping fee, an improved market for the sale of recycled materials, and relatively static local operational and capital costs, will result in a .5% decrease to the 2013 refuse service fee.
The Township will continue to fund its general budgetary obligations through traditional revenue sources such as the Real Estate Tax, Earned Income Tax, Real Estate Transfer Tax, Mercantile and Business Privilege Taxes, Licenses and Permits, Fines and Departmental Earnings.
The 2013 Budget was adopted by the Board of Commissioners at special public meeting held for this purpose on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM.