Birmingham Township Supervisors will vote on the 2007 budget during their Dec. 18 meeting.

The preliminary plan calls for no tax hike with the township maintaining the same tax it had in 2006. That might change, however, if the supervisors decide they want more of a carryover into 2008.

As proposed, there will be a $150,000 carryover from 2007 into 2008. Estimated revenues for next year are $1,502,509 and expenses are anticipated to be $1,249,236.

Township property taxes are currently 1.35 mills. A mill is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 in assessed property value.

"We're going to try to hold the line," said Supervisors' Chairman Dave Bortner. "If we have to increase taxes it will be modest."

The Board voted Nov. 20, to advertise the budget for public review. Residents can look at the proposed spending plan during township business hours.

Supervisors also appointed two new members to the Recreation, Parks and Open Space Committee. Both appointments were made to fill unexpired terms of people who have stepped down from the RPOS.

Carol Leeson will serve until Dec. 31, 2007, and Dr. Robert Reder will serve until Dec. 31. 2008. They replace Scot Bourse and Marlou McGiver.

"I'm pleased with the quality of candidates. Birmingham could have the best qualified RPOS committee," Bortner said.

Vice Chairman Bill Kirkpatrick said the new people bring a great deal of diversity to the committee.

There will be a third appointment to the RPOS Committee during the January reorganization meeting.

Also at that meeting, a new building code and zoning officer will be appointed. Chadds Ford Township resident Ben Cialini is retiring as Birmingham's code enforcement officer after 21 years of service effective Dec. 31.

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