Dublin Bor­ough taxes to stay flat in 2013

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Re­becca An­to­nioli

Jour­nal Reg­is­ter News

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Res­i­dents in Dublin won’t see their prop­erty WDxHV LnFrHDVH nHxW yHDr.

“It speaks vol­umes of Dublin that we’re not rDLVLnJ WDxHV DJDLn,” VDLd Dublin Bor­ough Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ni­cholas Rosica. “We’re do­ing a great job be­ing as con­ser­va­tive as pos­si­ble, but also look­ing out for the needs of our peo­ple.”

Bor­ough Man­ager Wil- liam Wert pre­sented the pro­posed 2013 bud­get at the Nov. 26 bor­ough FRunFLO PHHWLnJ. HH Hx­plained that prop­erty as­sessed at the av­er­age vDOuH RI $26,308 wLOO SDy $263.08 Dn­nuDOOy, or $21.92 per month, for bor­ough ser­vices in 2013.

:hLOH SrRSHrWy WDxHV aren’t an­tic­i­pated to in­FrHDVH nHxW yHDr, WhH wDWHr rates will.

Ac­cord­ing to bor­ough doc­u­ments, the av­er­age in­crease for water cus­tomers who have one unit of water is $100 per year plus the gal­lon us­age fee. This rate LnFrHDVH LV HxSHFWHd WR gen­er­ate an ad­di­tional $77,000 an­nu­ally. The us­age free won’t change and will con­tinue to be $3.70 per 1,000 of gal­lons of water used.

Ac­cord­ing to coun­cil mem­ber Brent Smith, cur­rently Dublin’s water rates are in the low­est 5 per­cent of Bucks County.

5HflHFWLnJ WhH WLPHV, IRr WhH firVW WLPH, ERrRuJh em­ploy­ees will con­trib­ute 3 per­cent of the med­i­cal in­surance pre­mi­ums, gen­er­at­ing the bor­ough an es­ti­mated $3,000. Ad­diWLRnDOOy, ERrRuJh VWDIfinJ will re­main un­changed, wLWh WhH HxFHSWLRn RI WhH re­duc­tion of one job. Con­sul­tants will also over­see water and sewer op­er­a­tions. Th­ese two changes DrH HxSHFWHd WR VDvH the bor­ough more than $36,000 for the water and sewer op­er­at­ing funds.

The bud­get will be vRWHd Rn DW FRunFLO’V nHxW meet­ing Dec. 17.

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