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Bensalem Taxpayers How Will You Vote In November


Bensalem Taxpayers and residents have you read this article? 

How will you vote when you go to the polls in November ? 

I found this article very informative .


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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Comment balloon 12 commentsHannah Williams • September 11 2018 08:52PM



Love that you shared this article with the folks you market to.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 2 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  It is an important article that impacts all taxpayers . I am sure many have missed reading this .

Thank you for your professional input always appreciated


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 2 months ago

Hannah no one likes to pay higher taxes, so it will be interesting to see result of the vote.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 2 months ago

Sadly so many people vote but really have no idea of what they are voting for or even what a person stands for.


\The uninformed voter is the big downfall of our time.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 2 months ago

Hi Hannah Williams - Voters need to be informed and you are doing your part to inform them!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 2 months ago

Good evening Hannah Williams,

An excellent article to share in your wheelhouse..voters need to be informed and I like you are helping them understand what is at stake.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 2 months ago

Fire protection is important and it's great that the voters get a choice as to weather or not they want to fund it. Here in Minot the tax payers got stuck with building two multimillion dollar parking structures we did not want and did not get an opportunity to vote on Hannah Williams .

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) 2 months ago

Nice to broadcast this local information to inform the voters! 

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) 2 months ago

Hannah, Good article for Bensalem taxpayers. Maybe by seeing this, more voters will understand what they are voting for...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 2 months ago

This is a chance for taxpayers to make their wishes known. Vote, it's the American way.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 2 months ago

Great information Hannah for your local residents!  I love keeping up with your blogs since we're "sort of" neighbors-- I'm up in the western suburbs of Philly. :)

Posted by Faith LaRosse, Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties (Springer Realty Group) 2 months ago

Not where I live, but I would always be willing to pay more for safety.

But I'm a little startled at the average assessment? Is that the property value assessment taxes are paid on?

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 2 months ago