At their December 19 meeting, Bethlehem Township Commissioners unanimously approved a $15.9 million budget for next year that holds the line on taxes and sewer rates. next year. The Township's finance maven, Andrew Freda, provided a line-by-line overview. Under the 5.99 millage rate approved, a home assessed at $75,000 would be taxed $449.25.
The only item to come under scrutiny was the increasing cost for library service, which has risen from $360,000 to $410,000 over the past year. Commissioner Thomas Nolan noted that 42% of Township residents are library card holders, but Commissioner Paul Weiss questioned how many of those card holders use the library on a regular basis. "I'll bet it's a lot lower," he surmised.
Township Commissioners will meet again on Monday, January 5, at 7 PM, at the Municipal Building located at 4225 Easton Avenue.