Bor­ough fi­nal bud­get in­cludes tax in­crease

Coun­cil to ap­prove fi­nal bud­get on Dec. 28

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Blan­chard rblan­chard@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @boy­er­town­times on Twit­ter

On Wed­nes­day, Dec. 28, the Boyertown Bor­ough Coun­cil will be ap­prov­ing a fi­nal bud­get and tax or­di­nance. The bud­get calls for a prop­erty tax in­crease of 0.5 mill.

Bor­ough Man­ager Pa­tri­cia Loder says the pre­lim­i­nary gen­eral fund ex­pense is $1.7 mil­lion for 2017. The pro­posed in­crease will bring the tax mill­age rate from 5.64 to 6.14 mill.

The in­crease equates to an ad­di­tional $50 per $100,000 prop­erty value as­sess­ment.

Loder said there are var­i­ous rea­sons for the in­crease this year, such as a rise in per­son­nel costs — in­clud­ing the po­lice con­tract and em­ployee med­i­cal in­sur­ance — and MS4 engi­neer­ing com­pli­ance. MS4 has to do with the mu­nic­i­pal’s storm wa­ter sys­tem. She said those costs this year were a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease to pre­vi­ous years.

“We had to in­crease taxes last year as well, prior to that, we hadn’t in­creased for about four years,” said Loder. Last year’s in­crease was also 0.5 mill. “That was di­rectly the re­sult of the in­crease of the mu­nic­i­pal’s obli­ga­tion to the pen­sion plan.”

The bud­get for 2017 is ex­pected

to be ap­proved at the next coun­cil meet­ing on Dec. 28, the coun­cil’s fi­nal meet­ing of the year. Loder says she doesn’t an­tic­i­pate any changes be­tween now and then.

Dur­ing the Dec. 5 meet­ing, Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Frank Deery thanked Pat Loder and Fi­nance Chair Chuck Heller for the work they did on the bud­get.

The bud­get had been pre­vi­ously dis­cussed by coun­cil, and fol­low­ing no fur­ther com­ments, the third bud­get meet­ing sched­uled for Dec. 12 was can­celled.

In other fi­nance busi­ness dis­cussed dur­ing the meet­ing, the coun­cil con­sid­ered and ap­proved a re­quest from the Boyertown Li­ons Club to pay the elec­tric cost for the Christ­mas lights in the right of way within the bor­ough. Heller said the cost of this would likely be $60 or less with the new LED light­ing. It was clar­i­fied that the $60 would be the to­tal cost for the year. The lights are up for 4-5 weeks.

Pres­i­dent Deery shared his as­sump­tion with coun­cil that this would be in ef­fect go­ing for­ward, and not just for this year.

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