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Tax rate steady in Upper Makefield 2020 budget


The Upper Makefield Board of Supervisors has approved a municipal budget for 2020 that carries no increase in the local real estate property tax.

The tax rate in Upper Makefield will remain 7.6025 mills. A mill is equal to $1 of every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. To calculate the municipal tax on an Upper Makefield property, multiply the assessed value of the property by 7.6025 and then divide by 1,000.

For instance, a property assessed at the residential average of $65,748 will have a township real estate tax bill of $500. Since 2011, Upper Makefield has steadily decreased its millage rate, from a high of 13.3525 to the current 7.6025, officials noted.

Additionally, Upper Makefield raises revenue through an earned income tax of 0.5 percent. That assessment figures to generate about $4.2 million in revenue for the township in 2020, which translates to an average per household payment of $796.

According to Township Manager David Nyman, the 2020 budget estimates $14.6 million in revenue and $10.9 million in proposed expenditures, leaving a fund balance of $3.7 million.

The township budget for 2020 includes plans to: contribute $156,000 to the Upper Makefield Fire Company and $19,000 to the Lingohocken Fire Company; improve Mt. Eyre Road, Valley View Drive and Old Barn Court; purchase playground equipment for Brownsburg Park; add cantilever shades to the Lookout Park picnic area; maintain 24-hour emergency ambulance service; continue a volunteer firefighter incentive program; hire an additional police officer, as well as an additional public works employee; and fund the day-to-day operations of township departments.

Additionally, Nyman noted that the budget also contains funds for renovations at the municipal building. Renovations are expected to include safety and efficiency upgrades.