Open Space Funds to Pay for Baseball Fields, Main Street Plaza

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At the February 2 meeting, Souderton Borough Council approved a grant application for the acquisition of the South Front Street baseball fields. The borough has proposed to purchase the fields from Zion Mennonite Church for $640,000, contingent upon obtaining grant funding. After members of the Zion Mennonite Church accepted the borough’s proposal, Borough Council approved the filing of an acquisition grant application under the Montgomery County Green Fields/Green Towns program to provide $512,000 in funding towards this purchase. The remaining $128,000 will be funded by a state grant, which has already been approved. This purchase will be funded entirely through grant funds and is expected to be finalized in summer 2009.

Main Street Plaza

Borough Council also approved a grant for construction of the Main Street Plaza, the grassy area separating the Main Street parking lot from the street. The Green Fields/Green Towns program awarded the borough $66,452 in funding for the project; the borough will provide matching funds of $16,000. The Main Street Plaza will be transformed into a pocket park , complete with new trees, landscaping, curbing, street furniture, a sculpture, and an information kiosk. The money for this project has already been budgeted for this year; construction is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2009.

New Local Service Tax Began Jan. 1

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Starting January 1, 2009, Souderton imposed a local service tax on those who work in the borough. Souderton employers will withhold one dollar per week, amounting to an annual tax of $52. The money will support Souderton’s emergency services, such as the volunteer fire company and ambulance, and go toward road repairs and improvements.

For more information on the tax and to obtain an exemption certificate and refund form, visit Berkheimer Tax Administrator.

Richard Halbom Appointed to Borough Council

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Borough Council appointed new councilmember Richard Halbom on December 1. He replaces Ray Yothers, who stepped down from council in November.

Mr. Halbom will serve as a Ward 2 council member until the next scheduled municipal election in November 2009, when he will have the option to run for reelection.

Council Adopts 2009 Budget, No Tax Increase

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2009budget2At the December 1 meeting, Borough Council adopted Souderton’s 2009 budget, which requires no tax increase. At $2.6 million, the budget is about $133,000 more than the 2008 budget, but the increase is balanced by decreased spending in some areas and a new local service tax for those who work in the borough.

The real estate tax will remain at 4.415 mills.

Souderton Community Pool

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We thank the members and guest for an enjoyable summer, appreciative nature and community support. We are anticipate an exciting 2016 season including many activities and special events continuing to expand.fun-in-the-sun

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Looking forward to 2016!                                                            

Membership cards previously issued may be re-activated and membership status will be updated by completing a 2016 registration form in the spring of 2016. Should a membership card be misplaced please contact the Souderton Borough office 215-723-4371 for a new membership identification number and membership card.