The Township budget is prepared by the Township Manager and is approved and adopted by the Board of Commissioners every fall. The goal of the budget is to provide financial management, resource allocation, program evaluation and long-range planning. The budget is comprised of 16 funds with the largest being the General Fund, which supports Township departments as well as funding capital projects and needs.

Township Manager's 2022 Budget Message

The 2022 Budget has a total millage of 5.13 broken down between the following funds:

  • General Fund: 3.23
  • Fire Hydrant:  0.063
  • Fire Tax: 0.310
  • Debt Services: 0.700
  • Library: 0.455
  • Ambulance/EMS: 0.087
  • Parks & Recreation: 0.285

The average local real estate tax bill will be $1,077.30 (face value). For reference, the following is the average tax bill paid by a resident for each fund if paid after the discount period:

  • General Fund: $678.30
  • Fire Hydrant: $13.23
  • Fire Tax: $65.10
  • Debt Services: $147.00
  • Library: $95.55
  • Ambulance/EMS: $18.27
  • Parks & Recreation: $59.85

This  millage is the same as 2022.  This funding allows all programs and policies to continue or increase, including:

  1. Funding of all positions currently within Administration, Police and Public Works.
    1. Funding of all obligations in the Township’s three collective bargaining agreements.
    2. Funding of all post-retirement obligations, including pensions and postretirement medical benefits.

  2. An increase of the LMPD training budget by $3,000.

  3. Offsetting the Township’s building inspection and plan review program expenses with permit fees.

  4. Funding pedestrian connectivity projects at a cost of 20% of the Township’s base road paving budget.

  5. Funding the Township’s annual capital program in the amount of $275,000.

  6. Fully funding the Huntingdon Valley Fire Company.

  7. Continued capital reserve planning for fire apparatus.

  8. Partial funding of the Bryn Athyn Fire Company fire operations request.

  9. Meeting our annual debt service obligations.
    1. Funding the 2017 GO Bond annual payments with allocations from Capital Traffic and Parks Capital funds.

  10. Fully funding the Huntingdon Valley Library.

  11. Fully funding Bryn Athyn Fire Company’s ambulance operations request.

  12. Funding the annual contribution to the Parks & Recreation Capital fund.

  13. Funding grant matches for current intersection and pedestrian improvement projects.

  14. Providing capital reserve allocations for large Public Works equipment, Police fleet vehicles and IT hardware.

  15. Funding the annual allocation to the Township’s Valley Center Park turf replacement reserve.

  16. Keeping an additional $135,500 in the Highway Aid Fund for local paving projects.

These concepts are found in 13 of the Township’s funds for governmental activities. I am comfortable recommending existing funding levels continue based on the 5-year projections for each of these funds. That said, there may be decisions necessary regarding the General Fund and Fire Tax Fund in upcoming years which cannot be sustained by current funding levels.

The Township’s two business-type funds are the Sewer Fund and the Trash Fund. Sewer rates and the trash fee are proposed to stay at their current levels while providing the following additional programs and policies:

  1. Continued provision of the Township’s no-additional-cost e-waste and composting programs.<

  2. Setting aside funds to prepare for Philadelphia Water Department’s Long Term Control Plan expenses.

  3. Utilization of Federal COVID-19 relief funds to offset large sewer capital projects.

  4. Planning for upcoming enhanced stormwater program obligations utilizing existing revenue sources.

Christopher Hoffman
Township Manager