A 2013 budget proposal being considered by Manchester Township officials does not include a property-tax increase.
Residents can expect, however, a new annual $100 "surcharge" for trash collection and disposal.
Manchester Township residents pay for trash collection and disposal through property taxes - not in a separate bill like most municipalities, township Manager Tim James said.
There is a need for additional revenue to balance Manchester Township's 2013 budget, James said.
But, rather than hike the township's 1-mill property-tax rate, township supervisors support the trash surcharge idea, James said. It would produce about $700,000 in revenue.
That amount will allow the township to balance its 2013 budget of about $12.7 million, James said. The general fund is proposed to increase 6.3 percent as a result of increases in public safety, trash collection and insurance costs, James said.
Even if the surcharge proposal is approved, most residents won't pay more to the township in 2013 than they did in 2012.
That's because the township has had another surcharge program in place since 2009. At that time, the township implemented $100-per-year fees for sewer service. The revenue paid for mandated upgrades to the sewage-treatment facility.
The sewer surcharges will disappear next year but be replaced by trash surcharges, James said.
"Theoretically, out-of-pocket is not going to change," he said.
About 250 households were excluded from the sewer surcharge because they have septic tanks rather than public sewer, James said. Those property owners can expect to pay $100 more next year.
The township's board of supervisors will take public comment at its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Manchester Township municipal building, 3200 Farmtrail Road.
- Erin James may also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.