Horsham Plans to Revitalize 611, Repair Parks
In its 2013 $14.1 million budget, Horsham is looking to spruce up an older section of Route 611.
The average Horsham taxpayer will continue to pay $178.37 for municipal real estate taxes under the township's $14.1 million spending plan.
The Horsham Township Council heard one final review of the budget - which increases spending by 5 percent while maintaining existing taxes - during Monday night's meeting. The governing body is expected to adopt its 2013 budget at its Dec. 12 meeting.
Along with upgrades to Samuel Carpenter Park and Kohler Park, replacement police and highway department vehicles, the paving of 2.75 miles of road in the Oak Hill residential development and a pedestrian crossing signal at Horsham and Babylon roads, the budget again includes improvements to the corridor of Route 611 from Blair Mill Road to Dresher/Meetinghouse Road.
The planned improvements are part of the township's comprehensive plan, according to Township Manager Bill Walker. Horsham had first looked at the upgrades, which include making the area more "pedestrian-friendly" and "business-friendly" in 2011.
Plans include landscaping and streetscaping to help beautify the commercially-zoned strip, which consists of auto repair shops, a few specialty stores and a handful of eateries.