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Wrightstown anticipates no municipal tax increase


The Wrightstown Board of Supervisors is working on a 2022 municipal budget that anticipates keeping the township real estate property tax rate the same as in 2021.
Supervisors discussed aspects of the preliminary budget at their Monday, Oct. 25 public meeting.
Supervisor Chairman Chester Pogonowski said the board anticipates that the general fund portion of the budget could increase 3.9% next year to $2.054 million.
The largest budgeted item in the general fund is police protection coverage, an expense that is increasing, per terms of a contract, about 5% to $846,527, Pogonowski said. In addition to police, the general fund component of the budget pays for a variety of essential services, including township administration.
Despite the expected expense rise in the general fund, Wrightstown supervisors believe they’ll be able to keep the municipal millage rate at 9.23. The last millage rate increase occurred in 2018, Pogonowski said.
A mil is equal to $1 of every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value.
To calculate the municipal tax on a Wrightstown property under the proposed new millage rate, multiply the assessed value of the property by 9.23 and then divide by 1,000.
For instance, a Wrightstown property assessed at $60,000 will have a township real estate tax bill of about $554 under the potential 2022 rate.

County and school district taxes comprise bigger portions of one’s property tax pay out. The township does not control those taxes.
Like other municipalities, Wrightstown collects an earned income tax.
The total effective municipal EIT rate in Wrightstown is again anticipated to be 0.65% next year.
As part of budgeting, Wrightstown officials are considering projects for next year. One of those involves moving forward with planning for implementation of erosion control measures that are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pogonowski said.
“This project was previously approved in principle by the regulatory agencies for restoration of stream banks along Anchor Run Creek to mitigate any soil erosion or water runoff from adjoining agricultural fields,” Pogonowski told the Herald. “The project will need to be formally designed to receive final approval prior to work.”
Supervisors anticipate a vote on the preliminary 2022 budget/millage rate at their Nov. 15 meeting. Should the budget pass that initial hurdle, it would set the stage for a final approving vote in December.
Votes occur at public meetings and residents can review and comment on the budget.