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Bucks County Approves 1 Mill Tax Increase for 2020 to Cover Projected Shortfall

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The Bucks County Commissioners on last week passed a modest tax increase in approving the county’s 2020 budget of $452.6 million.

In addition to the one-mill tax hike, which will raise slightly more than $8 million, the commissioners approved the use of $7.6 million from the county’s $33.2 million general fund balance to help erase a significant deficit in the preliminary budget released last month.

Under the county’s current millage rate, the average property owner pays about $880 per year in county taxes. The one-mill increase would raise that by about $36.50 per year for the average taxpayer.

The final budget represents a 4.6 percent increase over the 2019 budget of $432.6 million. Commissioners’ and Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia voted to approve it, while Vice Chairman Charles H. Martin voted against it. 2020 budget cover

Director of Finance and Administration David Boscola, who last month projected a preliminary deficit of $16.3 million at the current tax millage rate, said the annual budget contains “an enormous amount of fixed costs” that limit the county’s options in cutting spending.

Nonetheless, that deficit had been pared to less than half of the $39 million shortfall the county faced when initial budget requests came in.

“It again was a challenging year, and putting together this budget for 2020 wasn’t easy,” Loughery said, “but I think we’ve come up with an in-the-middle sort of solution before us here today.”

Much of the shortfall was attributed to increased pay and benefits for employees, along with reduced revenues in some departments.

Marseglia said she was “thrilled” that the budget provides for additional staffing to meet the needs of the Children & Youth Social Services agency. “This is going to be a budget that’s good for children,” she said, adding that the county “probably needed two mills this year.”

It was the final commissioners’ meeting for Loughery and Martin, who are leaving the board in early January.

Marseglia and the two incoming commissioners, Gene DiGirolamo and Robert J. Harvie Jr., will have the option, as a new board, of re-opening the budget in January to make adjustments if they desire. Marseglia has not said whether she will seek to do so.

“This budget (meets) the needs of the county, as Commissioner Marseglia noted, with Children & Youth, and also the Area Agency on Aging and the courts – some of the areas that are experiencing needs and demands from the community for their services,” Loughery said.

As in previous years, the county’s Health Division and Housing and Human Services Division account for almost half of the budget, while departments providing for public safety take up another quarter of the total.

To view the 2019 operating budget, please visit www.BucksCounty.org and click on the “2020 Final Budget” link on the home page.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Bristol Township Police Reports: Milwaukee Man Jailed for Burglary, Vehicle Vandalized in Levittown and More

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Bristol Township Police Reports July 12, 2024 – July 14, 2024

Burglary: Commercial 7-12-24, 0235 hours, Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Burglary, Criminal Trespass and Possess Instrument of Crime.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Hughes.  Bail was set at $100,000/10 and released to the Constables. Myron Donte Vacca, B/M, 41 years old 52nd Street Milwaukee, WI

Arrest 7-12-24, 0416 hours, Millcreek Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Edwin Charles Reiner, W/M, 37 years old Goldenridge Drive Levittown, Pa

Arrest 7-12-24, 0937 hours, Westview Avenue, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Local Warrant out of Bristol Township.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Wagner.  Bail was set at $75,000/10% and released to the Sheriff’s. Roy Joseph Miller, W/M, 67 years old Westview Avenue Bristol, Pa

Theft: Retail 7-12-24, 0124 hours, Bristol Pike, Bristol, Pa. On 7-12-24 an unknown subject removed several items passing all points of sale.  The estimated value is $40.00.

Theft 7-12-24, 1012 hours, Western Avenue, Bristol, Pa. On 7-12-24 at approximately 0310 hours an unknown subject removed a leaf blower from a work trailer.  The estimated value is $400.00.

Theft 7-12-24, 1934 hours, Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa. On 7-12-24 at approximately 1924 an unknown subject stole a 2010 Honda.  No value given.

Theft: Retail 7-13-24, 1957 hours, New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa. On 7-13-24 at approximately 1930 hours, two unknown subjects removed several items passing all points of sale.  The estimated value is $300.00.

Theft 7-14-24, 1046 hours, Haines Road, Levittown, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject removed a 2016 Dodge Challenger.  No value given.

Vandalism 7-13-24, 0725 hours, Bristol Oxford Valley Road, Levittown, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject spray painted graffiti on a 2003 Dodge  Caravan.  No damage value given.

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Local Government – Bensalem Township

Garbage-Yard Waste Pickup Schedule for Independence Day Holiday

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Bristol Borough
Being that July 4th 2024 falls on the 1st Thursday of the month, which is the Yard Waste Collection day, J.P. Mascaro & Sons will be collecting yard waste the following Thursday, 7/11/2024.

Bristol Twp
A refuse and recycling holiday collection schedule is in effect for this week, beginning July 4th through July 6th due to the Independence Day holiday. There will be no Refuse, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection on Thursday, July 4th. Service scheduled for Thursday will be delayed to Friday, July 5th. All subsequent trash/recycling/yard waste collection will be delayed by one day. For example, pickup normally scheduled for Friday, July 5th will be delayed to Saturday, July 6th. Regular collection services will resume the following week. Please call 267-812-2950 for additional information or questions.

Bensalem
Whitetail Disposal
Collection will be completed on a one day delay for service.
Thursday service will occur on Friday. Friday service will occur on Saturday.
For the remainder of our residential customers, your service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

Falls Township
If the holiday falls on your regular pickup day, trash will be collected on your next regular service day. Recyclables will be picked up on your scheduled service day the following week.

Langhorne Borough
If a scheduled holiday (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) falls on a regularly scheduled pickup day, pickup will be the following day.

Lower Makefield
Residents have private contractors who set their holiday schedule

Middletown Township
When a holiday falls on a collection day, trash will be collected on the next regular collection day. When a holiday falls on a recycling day, recyclables will be collected the following day.

Morrisville
The holiday collection schedule will be on a one day delay from the day of the holiday. For example, a Monday holiday will be a Tuesday pickup, Tuesday will be Wednesday, Wednesday will be Thursday, Thursday will be Friday, and Friday will be Saturday. All pickup days will be delayed by one day during any holiday week. This includes six holidays, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Penndel Borough
Trash and recycling is picked up every Thursday morning. Holiday weeks push trash/recycling pickups to Friday, unless the holiday falls on a Friday.

Tullytown
There will be no bulk or yard waste pickups the week of July 1st through July 5th.  Pickups will resume on Monday, July 8th.

Yardley Borough
Yardley Borough collection days are Wednesday Trash and Recycling – Saturday Trash and Bulk

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PECO: Treefall Causes Damage to Powerline, Roadblocks in Bristol

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A PECO power line pole in Bristol Township went down calling out area first responders Sunday night causing road blockages on Rt 13 and surrounding the area.

Bristol area first responders shut down access to Bath Road from Beaver Dam to Bristol Commerce Park, from Rt 13 and Bath St and even closed a small two block section of Bath Street in Bristol Borough from Buckley Street, to Rt 13.

Credit: Motorcycle Joe

PECO confirmed a fire-police call was initiated and their crews responded to the scene. They deemed the area safe from their standpoint and no outages in Bristol were reported, a spokesperson said.

Initial unconfirmed reports coming into Lower Bucks Source were a powerline pole caught fire.

The PECO Outage Map, as of 8:15 pm noted two outages in the Bristol -Bensalem area currently with over a dozen customers impacted.

There were no reported injuries.

In an unrelated incident, PECO said the Bensalem area is experiencing an outage and work crews are on-site with power restoration estimated to be four hours.

Efforts to reach area first responders for comment on the outage and reported fire were unsuccessful as of 8:35 pm

Updates as they come in

Credit: Motorcycle Joe

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