Hanover Township council adopts new tax rate
Hanover Township Solicitor Jackson Eaton introduced an ordinance to change the township's property tax rate during a December meeting of the Hanover Township Council.
"When property was reassessed in Lehigh County, part of the program was to base property taxes on the full assessment value, but the amount of the tax must remain the same," he said. "What that means to the township is that the property tax rate is reduced."
Hanover carried one of the lowest property rates in the state at 0.25 mill.
Eaton presented calculations showing the adjusted rate would be .07995 mill.
Under the assessment rules, municipalities are allowed to increase rates by 10 percent, but they must first adopt the adjusted rates.
Council agreed to the adjusted rate of 0.07995 and then modified the rate to 0.08 mill.
In other business, council introduced legislation to prohibit the use of outdoor furnaces in the township.
An outdoor furnace is a heating unit that is separate from the main living structure and generates heat by burning any scrap material.
Outdoor units are best suited for rural applications that burn site-produced waste products.
The main drawback to the device is that units are heavy sources of smoke pollution.
The council considered restricting outdoor furnaces to large parcels, but eventually decided to ban the units altogether.
Council appointed Eileen Koller to the township's personnel board. She will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Patrick Howlett.