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Horsham Adopts 2013 Budget

The Horsham Township Council adopted its spending plan for 2013, which holds the line of property taxes.

As has been the case for the last decade, 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 unanimously adopted its 2013 budget Wednesday night. Councilman W. William Whiteside was absent.

The spending plan increases spending by 5 percent while maintaining existing taxes, which were last raised in 2002, following a voter referendum approved to build the Horsham Township Library. Prior to that, elected officials last raised taxes in 1989.

Along with upgrades to Samuel Carpenter Park and Kohler Park,  and a pedestrian crossing signal at Horsham and Babylon roads, the 2013 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.

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