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East Rockhill holds line on taxes in preliminary budget


ockhill residents: A preliminary township budget for 2019 keeps the local property tax rate the same as this year.

That was a key takeaway from Township Manager Marianne Morano’s discussion of the proposed 2019 budget at the Sept. 25 meeting of the township board of supervisors.

Morano said that the total municipal millage rate is preliminarily proposed to remain 10.235.

A mill is equal to $1 of every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. To calculate the municipal tax on an East Rockhill property, multiply the assessed value of the property by 10.235 and then divide by 1,000.

For instance: An East Rockhill property assessed at $30,000 would owe about $307 in annual municipal property taxes. School and county taxes comprise a significantly larger portion of a resident’s property tax bill. The millage rate doesn’t apply to income tax, which is assessed as a percentage of income.

In addition to planning to hold the line on taxes, East Rockhill also expects to keep sewer rates and street light assessments the same in 2019.

“Sewer rates are $520/year for residential and $580/year for non-residential,” said Morano. “Street light assessment is $41 per property in the street light district.”

Morano said that the township will continue to refine the budget over the next couple months. Supervisors will look to vote an official final budget into place for 2019 in December.