UPPER DARBY – Upper Darby Mayor Thomas N. Micozzie delivered his preliminary budget to Upper Darby Township Council this evening, calling for no increase in real estate taxes or sewer and trash fees.
"I am pleased that we were able to develop a 2016 preliminary budget with no tax increase that still maintains the township's current level of services," said Micozzie. "Our goal in developing the preliminary budget was to hold the line on taxes without having to cut municipal services. I am happy to announce that we achieved that goal. Going forward, my administration will continue to make every effort to control expenses and increase revenues without impacting residents."
Under the Mayor's preliminary budget, the township millage rate will remain unchanged at 19.92, which includes funds for the township's debt service. Funding for "Protection to Persons and Property," which includes fire and police, accounts for 56.2 percent of the total budget and received budget increase of just over $1 million compared to the current budget.
Mayor Micozzie also used his budget address to discuss continued investment by the business community in the township. He noted SEPTA's investment in the 69th Street Terminal and the Route 101 and 102 trolley lines, as well as ongoing improvement work at the Secane train station.
Discussing the 69th Street business district, Micozzie noted the opening of the new Studio Movie Grill and International House of Pancakes. He also said developer Nolen Properties is working on a new senior apartment complex at the Saint Alize property that is expected to house 54 apartments for seniors. Micozzie also said that the former Sears store at 69th Street and Walnut continues to be a major topic of discussion with the developer and that progress is being made on the development of that site.
In other business news, Micozzie said that this year saw the opening of an Advanced Auto Parts store at the corner of Baltimore and Union Avenue and that construction of a McDonald’s store at that location is back on track. In cooperation with the Long Lane Business Association, the Mayor noted that the township installed new trash cans in the business district and that new planters would be installed shortly. Micozzie said a new Wawa superstore at West Chester Pike and Park Avenue is moving into the construction stage and the new building under development at the corner of Burmont and Township Line would be the home of a new CVS store.
Micozzie also took the opportunity to once again publicly thank first responders for their efforts in responding to the July 6th fire in the 69th Street Business District. He said the commitment of fire personnel and cooperation from other fire departments contained the fire and helped to protect the entire business district. He said the recovery has been fast tracked thanks to the fire fighters, police staff. Store managers, property owners, insurance adjusters, and township staff.
Finally, Micozzie noted that the township's Comprehensive Planning Committee continue to meet and has held several open houses in the township. He said he looks forward to the committee finalizing publishing their findings and recommendations for a roadmap for future development and redevelopment in Upper Darby.Mayor's preliminary budget message
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