Upper Makefield Township
Dec 2010
In This Issue
2011 Budget Passed
with No Tax Increase
New Requirements: Haulers Required to Notify Township
John Silvers Resigns
Download our Holiday Safety Tip Sheet
Community Events

Boat Drill and Reenactment Dress Rehersal
Dec. 12 at 1 p.m.

Reenactors perform the entire 1776 Crossing, including rowing across the Delaware River. The historic buildings will be open as reenactors depict village life. Adults: $9, children over six: $5. For more information call 215-493-4076 or visit the website.

Annual 1776 Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment
Dec. 25 at 1 p.m.

There is no admission for this free event. For information call 215-493-4076 or visit the website.

Visit Washington Crossing Park!

Guided Tours of the Historic Village and the 1776 Christmas Day Crossing
Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Guided Tours of the Thompson-Neely House
Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Each site is $5, free for children under 6. More information on tours.

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2011 Budget Passed with No Tax Increase

2011 BudgetThe Board of Supervisors on December 1 passed a $10.7 million dollar budget for 2011 with no tax increase. To address the declining fund reserve, the Board of Supervisors authorized transferring $742,335 from the Cable Fund into the General Fund in 2011. This transfer allowed for no tax increase in 2011, and the Supervisors will be considering other cost-reductions for future years.

View the 2011 Budget Summary and 2011 Budget Figures.

New Requirements: Haulers Required
to Notify Township

Haulers must now notify the township when self-contained onlot septic systems are cleaned out.

The notification change is part of the updated onlot disposal system (OLDS) ordinance, passed at the November 17 Board meeting. The OLDS ordinance still requires pumping out and inspections of the septic tank every 3 years. Notification was a homeowners' responsibility before.

A septic tank is normally the first stop for the wastewater after it leaves a home. Proper clean out ensures that all of the septic system's components are kept clear and functioning properly and protects the water supplying your well from contamination.

To remain in compliance, please make sure your septic system pumping contractor notifies the township immediately following the completion of pumping.

If you have any questions regarding your system, please feel free to contact the Planning & Zoning Department at 215-968-2868. You can find a list of septic system contractors on our website.

Supervisor John Silvers Resigns

Supervisor John SilversSupervisor John Silvers is resigning effective December 15. At the December 1 Board meeting, he noted that he was moving out of the township. Supervisor Silvers thanked his fellow supervisors, staff, and residents attending the meeting; and encouraged them to continue to stay involved in the township. He joined the board in January, 2010.

The Board of Supervisors is accepting letters of interest until December 15, 2010, to fill the vacancy. The replacement will be appointed in January to serve until December 31, 2011. The seat will be open for reelection in 2011 for the remainder of the term ending December 31, 2015.
Download our Holiday Safety Tip Sheet
In the midst of the holiday shopping season, the Upper Makefield Township Police Department reminds residents of some shopping safety tips, so that this holiday season can be filled with time spent with family and friends instead of time spent speaking with the police.

Read our tips on parking, shopping, ATM use, and child safety during the holiday season.

As always, be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity or people to security or the police.
Tax Information Sessions for Businesses
Wednesday, December 15
3 Sessions: 7 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m.

Tom Butts, Keystone Tax Collector Director of Community Services, will hold informational sessions for all businesses now mandated by Act 32 to withhold Earned Income Tax (EIT) and (LST) and remit according to new State guidelines. These changes are in effect January 1, 2011. Do you know what you need to do? Come and get the necessary information at one of three sessions, all held at the

Warwick Township Building
1733 Township Greene
Jamison, PA 18929

December & January Schedule

Township Building Will Be Closed:

Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve

Friday, December 31: New Year's Eve

Board of Supervisors Reorganization Meeting

Monday, January 3, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.