OUR POSITION ON SOUND FISCAL MANAGEMENT:
- Keep taxes low
- Invest wisely in our infrastructure
- Promote smart economic development
We will be fiscally responsible to keep Newtown Township’s taxes as one of the lowest in Bucks County. The current Newtown Township property tax is 3.5 mills which is 2.4% of the total millage (147.41 mills). The total millage includes the mills paid to Newtown Township, Bucks County and Council Rock School District. 3.5 mills is approximately $140 a year for the average assessed home in Newtown Township. The chart below compares Newtown Township’s property tax to other municipalities.
For the past few years, Newtown Township’s spending has exceeded its revenues, primarily due to the loss of Earned Income Tax from the closing of Lockheed Martin (approximately $700k per year). This deficit spending cannot continue. Despite promises made by our Board of Supervisors (BOS) majority, the purchase of the Lockheed Martin property by KVK Tech (already based here in Newtown) has not produced one new job, nor replaced any of that lost revenue.
We will put the Township’s financial house in order, to ensure Newtown Township will grow and prosper by:
- Developing long term financial solutions not just Band-Aid fixes. In the past a Township asset was sold at less than fair market value just to pay our bills. We will ensure there is a sound long term plan in place so these types of short sighted “fixes” never happened again.
- Scrutinizing spending critically while maintaining the same level of services Newtownians expect. This includes holding third-party vendors accountable for the tax dollars they use.
- Investing wisely in our roads, parks and trail system:
- With Phil Calabro’s leadership Veteran’s Park and the skate park were built without a tax increase.
- This year Newtown Township will repave more miles of roads than ever before. Newtown Township has 78 miles of roadway to maintain with an average life span of 20 years. This means we should be repaving about 4 miles per year. For many years only about 1-2 miles were being done. With Phil’s and fellow supervisor Jen Dix’s initiative, 5.5 miles of roadway were repaved in 2017.
- Phil and Jen have advocated for improving our trail system driven by a new comprehensive trail plan. The first phase of those improvements will be completed this year along Wrights Road using County open space money and developer park and recreation fees.
- Focusing on smart economic development to create jobs and opportunities for everyone. As Supervisor, Phil voted to redevelop the old Acme site and approved Goodnoe’s Corner, both of which helped spark the revitalization of Sycamore Street, and are now vital economic engines for our 21st century community.
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