TELFORD — Telford Borough residents will see their taxes increase next year.

At the Nov. 5 borough council meeting, council members unanimously voted to approve the 2019 budget, which includes a 4.1 percent tax increase.

Borough Manager Mark Fournier said every possible effort was made to keep taxes as low as possible while still maintaining the current level of services the borough provides. The budget will generate a surplus of $15,096.

The general fund millage rate will increase by 0.25 mills, which will bring the total millage to 6.04 mills. The library and fire company millage rates will remain at 0.30 mills each.

Fournier said that residents on average will see their tax bill increase by about $34.

“I’m real happy with the budget," council President Robert Baker said. "That’s running a tight ship.”

The budget will include making minor cuts in both the police and highway departments.

Part of the reason for the increase next year is because the borough plans to purchase the former Univest Bank building on Penn Avenue, according to officials.

Additionally, there is a significant decrease in revenues from cable television tax. In 2018, $98,600 was expected in revenue, but the projected year end amount is $92,149. Next year’s budget includes an expected revenue of $92,600 from cable television franchise taxes.

Fournier said Souderton also is experiencing this trend. 

In other business, Fournier told council members about a rain garden within the Summit Street detention basin at Summit Street and Hunters Lane. The project includes reconstructing a portion of the pond into a rain garden, which includes planting 5,000 individual plants.

Additionally, the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy and the TreeVvitalize program will plant 50 trees and plants at both the Franconia Avenue and Centennial Parks.

The next council meeting will be Dec. 3.

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