Service Levels Rise Even As Taxes Remain Level  

Holding the line on township taxes is not an easy task from one year to the next. Salaries increase, the price of supplies go up, and unexpected events—such as the spike in gasoline prices—add to the township’s expenses.

It has been a difficult task for the Abington Commissioners to keep our municipal Property Tax level for 18 years. Although not easily done, the keys to our success have been implementing fiscally responsible programs and increasing productivity.

One way to hold the line on taxes is to cut back on programs, suspend capital projects, and postpone needed investments in the community. This type of budget balancing delays the difficult decisions and hard work for future generations of Abington residents. However, my colleagues and I have avoided such practices.

Not only have we kept taxes level for 18 years, we have also:
 · Invested heavily in our business districts
 · Purchased & maintained open space via grants & county programs.
 · Implemented flood control & storm water management projects.
 · Increased police protection throughout the township
 · Expanded traffic safety with Abington's Traffic Blitz program
 · Implemented Clean Energy Programs
 · Implemented Fire Department Comprehensive Strategic Planning 
 · Televised Commissioner, Sub-Committee, Planning, and Zoning
   Meetings on the Township channel—Comcast 43

In short, we have worked diligently to successfully balance the budget for current residents and taxpayers, while also aggressively and wisely investing for our future.

Abington Township Improvements

Storm Water Management Forum
-Several streets in the St John of the Cross area have undergone extensive storm drain enhancements.  While some areas still need to be improved, Abington officials working with Commissioner Myers have addressed and improved some of the hardest hit areas.

-A forum held after this Summer's flash floods provided residents, elected officials and township staff an opportunity to discuss the continuing improvements and to show the level of commitment of Abington Commissioners to improving storm water issues in the future.

Recycling Program excels in third year!
The successful transition to a more economical and efficient system to collect trash and recyclables is entering its third year.

Abington is Nationally Recognized
- Three Time "America's Best Place to Raise Children"
- Fortune's 100 Best Communities