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Solebury anticipates 2022 tax levy to remain stable


So far it looks like there will be no local tax increase for Solebury Township in 2022, Assistant Township Manager Michele Blood told the board of supervisors on Tuesday.
This, she said, is because unexpected 2021 revenue will be transferred to next year’s budget to cover the $300,000 damage caused by Hurricane Ida.
That damage includes erosion and stream repair, a lost front end loader and a chiller (a municipal building air cooler) that “basically got fried” in the storm, said Township Manager Dennis Carney.
The board has until November to advertise a preliminary budget, which has to be adopted in December.
Among the items set for discussion in November are funding for deer control, which received no funding this year. The board wants to hire Raritan Valley Community College’s Center for Environmental Studies to reduce the herd for a total of $368,500.
Also to be discussed will be funding for the New Hope-Solebury Library and a $50,000 request from the police for a high-water rescue vehicle.
Police Chief Dominick Bellizzie will be asked to discuss that purchase at the Oct. 19 supervisors meeting.

So far, the bottom line for the 2022 budget is $15.8 million, compared to $15.1 million for 2021, Blood said.
In other matters, Chairman Mark Baum Baicker pointed out that all township roads were open now and during the hurricane “due to the prompt and extremely competent response by our Public Works Department and our police.”
However, he added, “roads that remain closed are state-owned roads overseen by PennDOT over which the township does not have control.”
He said the township website has a link to PennDOT’s updates on the closure and repair status of state roads.
Another clarification came from Mark Freed, township solicitor, on the subject of campaign signs.
Individual homeowners can put whatever sign they want on their property at no cost or permission. However on other spaces, application must be made for the short-term temporary signs at a cost of $25 (the fee is the same for one or a group of signs) so the township will know who put up the sign if a problem arises, Freed said.