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East Allen supervisors review proposed budget

At the Nov. 10 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, the budget was presented by township Manager Brent Green. No property tax hike is expected. The budget will be finalized in December.

The township benefited from the federal American Rescue Act passed in early 2021, receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

At a previous meeting, some supervisors questioned if they can provide a tax credit for township taxpayers. The ARA funds are regulated for specific usage, and it is unclear if a tax credit is considered proper usage.

The supervisors plan to advertise Ordinance 2021-1 establishing the 2022 tax rate for general purposes.

In other matters, the supervisors denied a request for a zoning amendment change for 7111 Beth-Bath Pike, tax parcel L6-15-6. A hearing was held with the supervisors and interested parties at the Oct. 28 supervisor meeting.

The decision was delayed to the Nov. 10 meeting for supervisors to review the numerous documents presented at the hearing.

There was a discussion over a draft letter regarding changes to the municipal planning code. The concern is developers and other lobbyists can influence Harrisburg legislators with changes to the code that could adversely affect the township. Movement on the draft letter was tabled.

The supervisors granted permission for conditional final approval for the Airport Road commercial park warehouse project. The issues included an easement agreement and a maintenance plan.

An extension of an escrow agreement from Oct. 31 to Dec. 31 for the Lehigh Valley Hospital Nor-Bath Lot 1 was agreed to by the supervisors.

Green informed supervisors the audit of township finances had no substantial findings. He suggested the board consider a new auditor, as the current auditor was retiring.

The next East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting will be 7 p.m. Dec. 8. It is a hybrid meeting, both in person and virtual. Visit eatwp.org for the call-in number and access codes.