Perkasie bud­gets for no tax, elec­tric in­creases

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Meghan Ross

Perkasie Bor­ough Coun­cil ap­proved the 2013 pre­lim­i­nary $18.385 mil­lion bud­get with no elec­tric rate in­crease or tax in­crease at coun­cil’s meet­ing Mon­day, Nov. 19.

“I want to com­mend [Fi­nance Di­rec­tor] Joe Ber­ardi and [Bor­ough Man­ager] Dan [Olpere] and the de­part­ment heads for really do­ing a good job on the bud­get this year as they nor­mally do,” coun­cil Pres­i­dent Matthew Aigeldinger said. “It was a plea­sure to go through the process, and we ap­pre­ci­ate the in­for­ma­tion.”

This year’s prop­erty tax rate was 5.75 mills, and this mil­lage rate will con­tinue into 2013, ac­cord­ing to Ber­ardi.

Each mill equals $1 of taxes per $1,000 of as­sessed prop­erty value.

For a Perkasie home­owner whose house is as­sessed at $30,000, he or she can ex­pect to con­tinue paying around $172 in prop­erty taxes next year.

The res­i­den­tial tax in­for­ma­tion on the bor­ough’s web­site states 4.75 mills go to­ward the bor­ough and WhH UHPDLQLQJ 1 PLOO VHUvHV WhH fiUH com­pany.

This year, ex­penses in­creased by 2.6 per­cent, and rev­enue in­creased by 1.4 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to Ber­ardi.

One of the larger ex­pen­di­tures in the bud­get is for a bucket truck to be used by the elec­tric com­pany. Ber­ardi said $190,000 was set aside for the fund. Be­sides that, he said there was “nor­mal spend­ing.”

Some of the items cut from the orig­i­nal bud­get in­clude $20,000

for a Chevy pickup truck, $19,000 for a new phone sys­tem, $14,000 for a roof re­place­ment for the ERURuJK RI­fiFH, $12,300 for a leaf vac­uum and $10,000 for a chip­per. An- other cut was for a sub­sta­tion se­cu­rity sys­tem that would have cost $60,000. Pur­chases for all of th­ese items have been de­layed.

Ber­ardi said de­lay­ing the pur­chases was nec­es­sary so that the bor­ough could bal­ance the bud­get and avoid a tax hike.

“We cut about three­quar­ters of a mil­lion dol­lars from the orig­i­nal bud­get,” he said.

Perkasie Bor­ough CounFLO wLOO YRWH RQ WKH fiQDO bud­get at the reg­u­larly sched­uled coun­cil meet­ing Mon­day, Dec. 17.

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