Birmingham Township supervisors passed the 2009 budget Monday night with only slight changes to what had been advertised. What has not changed is that taxes are still increasing.Supervisors decided in November to raise the township millage rate to 1.5 mils, up from 1.35. The new rate will increase the township levy on a home valued at $250,000 to $375 per year.

A mill is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 of assessed real estate value.

What was changed was an expense figure of $53,000 that was planned for 2008 for the Birmingham Hills Trail parking lot. That work hasn't been completed yet so the money was moved from 2008 into 2009. It shows up now as part of the carry forward amount.

Also, Michael Langer of the Recreation, Parks and Open Space Committee asked the township to earmark $5,000 to $7,500 for a possible event late in 2009 celebrating the 325th anniversary of the township.

Other business

The board appointed Jeffrey Corrigan to serve on the RPOS through 2011. He will serve out the term of Richard Gross, according to Supervisor Al Bush.

o Supervisors agreed to approve a land development plan for the expansion of the Giant supermarket in Dilworth town Crossing Shopping Center. While that portion of the center is in Thornbury Township, supervisors there asked Birmingham to sign off of the plans.

Those plans call for the supermarket to expand into the current Blockbuster location once Blockbuster moves in two years.

As part of the expansion, Giant asked Birmingham, and the township agreed, to reserve extra sewer capacity at Birmingham's sewage treatment plant.

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