No Franconia Real Estate Tax
Increase For 2024
many property owners to pay less than in 2023
For another year, Franconia Township property owners will not see an increase in their municipal tax bill for 2024. In fact, many property owners will see a small DECREASE in their tax bill as the township has decided to eliminate the Light and Hydrant tax altogether.
Through careful planning and cost containment, Franconia has been able to keep municipal real estate taxes low while providing outstanding local government services. Franconia real estate millage is less than half of some of our neighboring communities.
With employee salary and benefits comprising the largest part of the township budget, Franconia Township has successfully and cooperatively extended the Police Union contract through December 31, 2026, ensuring outstanding police services for years to come. Investing in public safety, open space, and township infrastructure – including parks and recreation - continue to be budgetary priorities.
In accordance with the Pennsylvania Second Class Township Code, the 2024 budget will be available for public display, and as always, the township independent financial audit is available on the township website.
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At a recent meeting of the Franconia Township Board of Supervisors, a group of residents asked the Board to investigate allegations of easy access to age-inappropriate materials available to young children at the Indian Valley Public Library. The Board received these allegations and indicated to those residents that the Township would look into the matter.
Since that time, there appears to be erroneous information circulating on social media and throughout the Township about defunding the Library. The Board of Supervisors would like to be clear - there have been no discussions from the Board to defund the Library. In addition, the Township has not asked the Library to ban any books.
Instead, at this point, the Township is still in an information-gathering stage. The Township has been performing due diligence on this issue and has requested that the Library provide its procedures and processes around what media is available to whom, and where it is stored. The Library has asked for some time to gather that information and will report it back to the Board.
The Franconia Township Board of Supervisors is made up of residents of the Township who are parents and grandparents who take both parental rights and the protections of the first amendment seriously. They want to be sure that they fully understand the issue before responding to the residents who brought the complaint.
The completed application can be mailed, placed in the drop box at the entrance to the Township Building or be given to an office staff member between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.