AMITY — The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a 2020 general fund budget of $5,051,232 with no tax increase.
It was approved Nov. 20 following the required 30-day review period and advertisement of the pending adoption.
Amity’s millage rate will remain at 2.6 mills, resulting in annual household tax bills of $260 for every $100,000 of assessed property value.
Expenses increased $116,682 from 2019.
The board also approved a $15,500 expenditure to purchase a new server for the Amity Police Department.
Police Chief Jeff Smith said the server should last five years and replaces one that has lasted seven years.
Board members unanimously approved to enter into a contract with Safety Net Sanctuary, Fleetwood, at the cost of $100 for December and $1,000 for 2020.
Safety Net Sanctuary is a non-profit 501c3 organization that will receive stray cats and dogs only from Amity police officers.
Township Manager Troy Bingaman said that beginning on Jan. 1, the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Cumru Township, will reject stray animals that are taken there by township residents.
The board has accepted for review a sketch plan from McCarthy Engineering, Boyertown, for recreational facilities at its proposed Amity Park Road over 55 age-restricted development.
Amity Park Road would be constructed according to the township’s Continuing Care Retirement Community Overlay Ordinance and located on 113 acres at Amity Park Road.
The deed-restricted retirement community would include 198 singles and 142 semi-detached units, and with the private roads and properties maintained by a homeowner’s association.
All recreational facilities would be open for public use.
The proposed facilities include a club house, swimming pool, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, a fitness center, as well as nature trails, a community garden, and outdoor gathering spaces.
Engineer Jim McCarthy said their cost to build the recreational facilities are estimated to cost more than $1 million, exceeding the recreation fee amount of $988,000 (based upon the number of units).
Supervisor David Hackett was absent from the meeting.