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Richland Township approves 2022 budget without tax increase

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At their Nov. 8 public board meeting, Richland Township supervisors approved a no-tax-increase 2022 budget, for advertising. The final budget is to be voted on at their Dec. 13 public meeting.
The presentation was made as numbers only, with no descriptive information as had been customary in previous years. The resignation of Chuck Botson, finance director, was accepted, without comment, at the September supervisors’ meeting.
The advertised 2022 budget features $3.5 million in general expenses, supported primarily by $2 million in projected earned income tax receipts, and $3 million in police expenses, supported primarily by $1.85 million in projected real estate tax receipts. The complete presentation is available on the township website, via Board Docs and the Nov. 8 meeting agenda.

Following a presentation by Matthew Chartrand of Bohler Engineering in Bethlehem, supervisors approved his waiver of land development request. The waiver is for limited but significant work for expanding the drive-through area at the Burger King fast-food restaurant, in the shopping center north of West Broad Street and west of N. West End Boulevard (Route 309), to two lanes from one lane, and also adding accommodations for the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
Police Chief Rich Ficco reported that the recent prescription drug take-back event had yielded about 200 pounds, with a similar amount taken at the drop box at police headquarters during the last six months. He noted that the total taken by the county on the special event day continued to be “one of the highest in the state.”


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