Updates On Montgomery County From the Suburban Realtors Alliance

Commissioners compile stimulus wish list

Montgomery County commissioners have compiled a $43 million list of projects that the county could spend stimulus money on, should the federal stimulus funds trickle down to the county level. The county listed projects in all four categories being discussed by federal lawmakers: transportation; energy efficiency and alternative green technology for government buildings; redevelopment; and healthcare. The most costly of the proposals is a $15 million project to replace windows and construct a more energy-efficient façade at One Montgomery Plaza, an office building purchased by the county two years ago. The most costly transportation project slates $14.5 million to provide new ramps at the Upper Merion interchange of the Schulkill Expressway and Henderson Road. Another $3.2 million is earmarked for traffic signal upgrades throughout the county and another $2.1 million for road repaving and guide rail replacement.

Source: The Intelligencer; 2/9/09

Commissioners approve county road projects

Taking aim at the traffic problems facing Montgomery County, the commissioners have signed off on four “jump start” regional transportation projects intended to relieve traffic congestion. The commissioners have slated $5.7 million in capital dollars to push the projects from the drawing board into construction. The projects will require $150 million in borrowed money over the next ten years, which must be approved by voters in a referendum on the November ballot. The four projects include:

§          A $7.5 million widening and reconstruction project of Sumneytown Pike in Upper Gwynedd, and the construction of a new overhead railroad bridge;

§          The purchase and installation of eight new traffic lights along Route 611 in Jenkintown, which would complete the coordination of all traffic signals on Route 611 from Philadelphia to Doylestown, costing the county $576,000;

§          The purchase and installation of a new traffic light at routes 63 and 29, costing the county $135,000;

§          The widening of Matsonford Road to allow two lanes of traffic at a cost of $700,000 for the county.

Source: The Intelligencer; 2/8/09

North Penn approves preliminary budget

The North Penn school board approved a $206.5 million preliminary budget that calls for a tax hike of about $136 for the average homeowner in the district. The 4.89 percent increase would raise the property tax rate from 20.54 to 21.54. The 2009-2010 budget is about $10 million more than the current budget of $196.3 million.

Source: The Intelligencer; 2/11/09