Bucks County Herald

No municipal tax increase proposed in Sellersville

CHRIS RUVO

Sellersville plans to hold the line on municipal property taxes in 2018.

Borough council is evaluating a proposed spending plan for next year that would keep the local property tax Sellersville levies at 24 mills.

That millage rate would raise money to help support Sellersville’s proposed 2018 budget, which carries general fund expenditures of $2,623,039, up 2.6 percent over 2017. Sewer fund expenditures are budgeted at $987,100, up 3.2 percent.

“It’s important to note that the budget addresses the borough’s needs without a tax increase,” said Borough Manager David Rivet.

As for the proposed tax rate of 24 mills, borough officials noted that a mill is equal to $1 of every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value.

To calculate the municipal property tax on a Sellersville property, multiply the assessed value of the property by 24 and then divide by 1,000.

For example, a Sellersville property assessed at $30,000 would pay $720 in municipal property taxes next year.

Taxes levied by the Pennridge School District and Bucks County comprise a bigger portion of a Sellersville resident’s property tax bill.

Rivet said the borough is considering a number of capital improvement projects for 2018.

“These include milling and paving the upper section of Washington Avenue from Noble Street to the West Rockhill township line, and Winard Circle from Longwood Avenue to Winard Avenue,” he said, further referring to other scheduled projects that include sewer and water main replacements. “We also plan on replacing a 1994 dump truck.”

Sellersville’s proposed 2018 budget is scheduled to be reviewed on Nov. 21 at the regularly scheduled Public Management Committee meeting. Borough council could then adopt it on Dec. 11 following a public hearing at its regularly scheduled meeting.

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