I even began to think there were non-integration racial politics involved here.
But the 2001 census data shows some interesting figures...granted 2001 but quite illuminating, since we are arguing the same issue since then:
Population: Springfield Twp (ST) has a population of 19,000, Abington Twp (AT) 56,000 and Cheltenham Twp (ST) 37,000 - less than Abington.
Square miles: ST has 7,000 , AT 15,000 and CT 9,000 - less than Abington.
School Age Children: ST 3,500 under 15 years old, AB 11,000 under 15 years old, and CT 7,000 unders 15 years old - less than Abington.
Race is not the issue - ST 8% African-American, ST 10%, CT 10% - the same as Abington.
Average age is not the issue - ST 44 years old, AT40 years old, CT 40 years old - the same as Abington.
Springfield Twp has 1 high school, 1 middle school and 2 elementary schools.
Abington Twp has 1 high school, 1 junior high school and 7 elementary schools.
Cheltenham Twp has 1 high school, 1 junior high school, 1 middle school and 4 elementary schools - for fewer people, less area, and fewer under-15 children.
Millage rates - that is what the school districts charge per thousand of property tax value:
Springfield Township - 29/thousand
Abington - 27.8/thousand
Cheltenham - 41.6 per thousand
So, given the above information, why are our millage rates in Cheltenham Township double? Lower the millage rate for school taxes, so property values will rise.
We moved to Wyncote 18 yrs. ago from Mt.Airy when my son was 3 yrs old and I have never regretted the move. Neither I nor any neighbors in Old Wyncote that I know of have had problems with vandalism, thefts or other crime in this neighborhood. The streets and parks are clean and safe, houses attractive, the trash collection, curb recycling and mail delivery work well.
That all being said, the tax issue needs to be resolved for everyone, as far as I am concerned. To have schools depend on taxing the properties is not spreading the burden evenly, making some schools "more equal" than others. We shouldn't have to choose between high taxes or filling a small township with malls.
Good luck with your home hunting!
I have a agent looking at a property that you have listed. My concern about the property would be the taxes.
Do you have the contact number of who you used to appeal your taxes, maybe they could give me a estimated reduction number. Property Taxes just went up again in Cheltenham! The property is great, but eventually who would be able to afford it if the property value increased. :(
The problem in Cheltenham is that there is little industry or commercial activity. Consequently, the tax burden rests with the homeowners, causing the taxation to be much higher than competitive areas. Conversely, the home prices tend to often be a bit lower due to the high taxation issue. At the end of the day, it is all about the monthly payment, right? So....if you can get a good buy on the house, the higher taxes will not factor in as much and your payment will be the same as if you bought a more expensive home with higher taxes.
If you like that area, you can consider the sections of Glenside and Elkins Park which are in Abington Township. There is also a section of Glenside in Springfield Township. Springfield township runs along the Phila. border as does Cheltenham, just a tad further west, and there are similar neighborhoods there as well.
If you would like to discuss this further, don't hesitate to get in touch with me.
Good luck with your home search.
Terrence Charest, e-ProÂ®
Century 21 Associates
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