Press Release

December 23, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Warminster Township Supervisors Adopt $42.6M Township Budget with NO Tax Increase

At their regular meeting of December 22, 2020, the Board of Supervisors adopted the 2021 Township Budget with no tax increases. “The 2021 budget is an excellent first step in cleaning up years of financial mismanagement and it is balanced with NO TAX INCREASE.”, said Supervisors’ Chairman Ken Hayes.

According to the Chairman, the Township’s financial issues are directly related to past administrations failure to pay the full annual bill for the Township’s Police Pension Plan creating a huge $17M unfunded liability and inflating the annual pension Minimum Municipal Obligation. “I think what we are most pleased with in the 2021 Budget is we are finally fully funding the Police Pension Plan in 2021,” said Hayes.

The highlights of the 2021 Budget include $3Million for the Milling and Paving Program, $5.1Million for the infrastructure improvements and additional recreational features to the Warminster Community Park, and $3.2Million for the acquisition, building demolition and restoration of Shenandoah Woods. “This Board is finally investing in Warminster Township and giving taxpayers improvements to benefit them directly,” said Hayes.

“We still have a lot of work to do to get years of deficit spending under control, but this is a positive first step in the right direction to financial stability,” Hayes concluded.

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Contact: Bill McCauley
Interim Township Manager
(215) 443-5414 ext.1311

Yard Waste Dumping

Dumping of Yard Waste at the Township Licenses and Inspections / Public Works Building is not permitted.
For any issues with collection, please contact J.P. Mascaro at 1-800-432-1616 or the Township at trash@warminsterpa.org.

SAFER Grant Awarded

Release Date: September 17, 2020
Type of Information: Public
Contact: Emergency Management: 267.317.1313

Subject: Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Awarded

Warminster Township – Warminster Township has been awarded a FEMA SAFER grant in the amount of $1,767,963.15 to support the hiring of five (5) career firefighters for weekday fire responses. This is in response to the request from the volunteer fire companies and an independent study outlining the need for career firefighters.

“We’re very pleased to receive this grant” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Ken Hayes. “For decades, the Township has been well served by our volunteer firefighters and it’s now time to help them continue the great work they are doing.”

The award provides 100% of salaries and benefits of new firefighters for a three (3) year period. Warminster Township will employ these firefighters who will then staff existing fire apparatus that is owned by the Warminster Fire Department and the Hartsville Fire Company. Receiving this SAFER grant allows this plan to be enacted sooner, rather than later, and provides quick fire response during times when our volunteer firefighter staffing is most limited.

Collaboration over the last two years between both Fire Companies, Township staff, and our Township Supervisors has resulted in a proactive plan to provide fast response to weekday fire, rescue, and hazardous material incidents in Warminster Township. This partnership between the Township and Fire Companies allows our residents, businesses, schools, and industry to fully realize their investments into our fire services delivery model. Our future career firefighters will utilize up-to-date fire and rescue equipment located on quality firefighting apparatus while stationed in modern fire stations within our Township.

It is anticipated the hiring of career firefighters will take place in early 2021 as the hiring process, mutual fire service agreements, and policies are all finalized between the Township, Warminster Fire Department, and the Hartsville Fire Company.

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Collection of Delinquent Fees

The Township will now be using Portnoff Law Associates for collection of delinquent real estate taxes, sanitation fees, and street lighting charges. They offer more options for payment than we can and will service our delinquent accounts. Please visit www.portnoffonline.com

New Voting Machines and Procedures

Bucks County is switching over to new voting machines with verifiable paper ballots.  Below are some resources to help voters make this transition when they go to the polls.

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Spotted Lanternfly

You see them. You hear about them. Now learn about them.

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that is rapidly moving into our area. This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops such as fruit trees, hops, and hardwoods. To learn more about them, please visit https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly/Pages/default.aspx

If you “spot” one, please report to https://extension.psu.edu/have-you-seen-a-spotted-lanternfly

BIRD HABITAT RECOGNITION PROGRAM

Engaging in sustainable landscaping will increase your chances of encountering the wonders of nature on a daily basis. Registering your property with Audubon Pennsylvania will ensure that you get up-to-the-minute information on events in your region and opportunities to interact with experts and like-minded landowners around the state. It’s free to register. Adding a yard sign will pique the interest of your neighbors! Contact us for more information: conservationpa@audubon.org

The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is just around the corner—so take a few minutes to brush up on some of the birds you’re most likely to spot.

Whether you’re a beginner getting set to take part in this year’s count, or you simply want to know more about the birds you see on the regular, check out these helpful tips for IDing 15 common species. You’ll enjoy learning new facts about some familiar friends. And you’ll be ready when the GBBC count starts on Friday, February 15.  Click here for detials.