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Cheltenham Budget Dilemmas Spur Proposed Tax Increase for 2016

It’s down to crunch time for the crafting of Cheltenham Township’s 2016 budget, and the balancing act this time around looks like another grueling fiscal exercise.  In his budget message in early November, board President Harvey Portner said this:...
Posted On Dec 04 2015
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Sewers Yield Financial Penalty and Intensifying Headaches for Township

It began with snowfalls in late 2009, changing to rain in March 2010, and it has had township officials on edge ever since about nobody’s favorite topic (except maybe a few consultants and contractors) – sewers. After some 70 inches of snow over the course of the...
Posted On Feb 14 2015
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Township Settles One Labor Contract – With One to Go

Just prior to final passage of its 2015 budget in December, Cheltenham Township and Teamsters Local 115 came to an agreement on a new two-year contract.  The settlement, in the form of a memorandum of understanding, calls for a 3 percent wage increase for 2015 and a 3.5 percent...
Posted On Jan 06 2015
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Ho Hum: Cheltenham Passes Budget with 5.5% Tax Hike

With only a handful of members of the public in the room and a pro forma “public hearing” that attracted no speakers, the Cheltenham Board of Commissioners last night quietly passed an operating budget of $41.4 million and a 5.5 percent property tax increase to fully...
Posted On Dec 18 2014
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Township to Curtail Lifetime Health Benefits for New Commissioners

Update: At its Dec. 17 board meeting, the commissioners passed an ordinance eliminating health care insurance, including post-retirement benefits, for new commissioners who take office after Dec. 31, 2014. The Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners tonight will be voting on a...
Posted On Dec 17 2014
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Portner Lays Out Framework for ‘Difficult’ 2015 Budget for Cheltenham

Cheltenham board President Harvey Portner gave the township’s annual budget address Wednesday night, presenting a proposed operating budget with a $1.25 million expenditure increase for 2015.   The increase over last year’s budget is three percent . He said the...
Posted On Nov 06 2014
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