East Penn Press

Monday, September 23, 2019

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ Special to The Press in Local News

Library tax referendum approved

The library tax referendum was approved and will be on the ballot in November according to the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners at the Sept. 5 meeting.

The proposed tax is needed to assist with library funding. The library is funded yearly through a grant.

The main question is the proposed cost to residents. One factor on cost will be if the resident is enrolled in the Homestead Act with Lehigh County.

To qualify, the resident must own a home as a primary residence. Commissioners said most eligible residents are enrolled but if unsure, residents can contact the Lehigh County Assessment office and provide their address. If not enrolled, a form can be sent to the resident for completion.

Should the referendum pass, a home assessed at $250,000 would pay $62.50; however, if the property is enrolled in the Homestead Act, the tax would be reduced to $33.19. Below are two calculations:

Without Homestead – $250,000 multiplied by .25 mills equals $62.50.

With Homestead – $250,000 less $117,250 (value excluded due to Homestead enrollment) multiplied by .25 mills equals $33.19.

In other business, Resolution 2019-29 for the Mack Truck Expansion project was approved. Ordinance 2019-12 restricting certain sized trucks on certain roads was approved.

Andy Hines from Lutron presented a donation to the commissioners for emergency services.

A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation representative notified Lower Macungie about traffic counters which will be installed within the township for traffic safety research and study.

The three salvage yards in the township are up for renewal of their licenses. They were approved.

Township Manager Bruce Beitel said an ordinance will be drafted for a multi-way stop at Hillview Drive and Kressler Drive. It has already been advertised. Approval was received for awarding certain surplus items though Municibid.