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Bensalem plans referendum on tax increase for fire companies
Bensalem Township Council voted unanimously to add a referendum to the November ballot. Township residents will vote on whether to raise property taxes by 1 mill to fund local volunteer fire companies’ operational and maintenance costs. If the referendum is approved, the owner of a property assessed at the township average of $23,600 would pay an additional $23.60 in property taxes, said Ron Harris, chief of the Nottingham Fire Department. Council approved the referendum, but it is unclear whether Bensalem was legally required to put the proposed tax hike to referendum instead of just a council vote. State code requires a second-class township looking to raise more than 3 mills “to make appropriations to fire companies located inside and outside the township” to do so via ballot referendum. According to Bensalem solicitor Joseph Pizzo, Bensalem last changed their fire millage in 2004, after voters approved an increase to 7 mills through a referendum. The following year, Bucks County began assessing properties for tax purposes at 100 percent of their fair market value, rather than 25 percent. Municipalities had to divide their previous millage figures by four in order to bring in the same amount of tax money. The change reduced Bensalem’s fire millage from 7 mills to 1.75 mills, potentially below the 3-mill threshold requiring referendums for future increases.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times; 9/4/2018
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