SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – Springfield Township supervisors are proposing a 1-mill property tax increase as part of the proposed budget for 2019.

John Trant, the township’s acting administrator, presented a brief update at Monday night’s township supervisors’ meeting.

The proposed 1-mill increase would bring rates to 7 mills. Taxes went up by 1 mill for 2018.

A copy of the draft budget shows a balanced spending plan for general expenses and revenues at $813,138.

Supervisor Rick Dillaman noted that the township is proposing to eliminate its per capita tax, which is $5 per person per year.

The per capita tax is antiquated, and collecting that revenue is not cost effective.

That means that the average homeowner will essentially see their real estate taxes go up by about $1 or so – based on the absence of the per capita tax, he said.

The township is also considering a sewer rate increase of $2 per equivalent dwelling unit, Trant said, adding that there’s potential for those rates to go up by $2 each year for three more years.

The township is applying for grants to offset sewer expenses in an effort to avoid additional rate hikes, Supervisor Tim Stiffy said.

Trant has said that next year’s projects include major upgrades to Old Mercer Road; replacing old sewer lines on the south side of state Route 208; and the force-main sewer project, which will be funded by Tax Incremental Financing revenue.

The proposed budget is available for public viewing at the municipal building, and supervisors are expected to vote on the draft at their Nov. 19 meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. at the township building, 406 Old Ash Road.

During public comment at the beginning of the meeting, Lonnie Burghardt said he’s not in favor of property tax and sewer rate increases.

If the township approves those measures, he may collect signatures from residents and businesses for a petition opposing those items.

Burghardt is a hospitality consultant who works with some of the hotels in the township.