Greencastle approves 1997 budget

December 04, 1996


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council approved the 1997 budget Tuesday night despite concerns about the $151,000 deficit.

While the budget doesn't increase taxes, if the borough spent all that was budgeted, more than one third of town reserves would be eaten up.

Council Member Harry Myers said real estate tax assessments have risen only 14.5 percent since 1988, but spending has jumped 38 percent in just three years.

"We just can't continue this indefinitely," Myers said. W. Jean Oliver and Harold Duffey also voiced concerns about using reserves to cover budget shortfalls.


Borough Manager Kenneth Myers has said that the borough has not spent as much as it has budgeted in recent years and has received additional tax revenue.

This year, for instance, the budget had a $125,000 deficit, but because the borough didn't spend as much as it had budgeted, a net surplus of more than $100,000 is expected.

Council members said they would try to pare down individual items when they are brought before the board next year.

In other council news, new parking meters - replacing the towns penny meters - should be installed in the next month or two, Myers said.

In another matter, Bio-Oxidation Inc. has received Department of Environmental Protection approval of a permit to treat medical waste at its 120 E. Grant St. facility on condition that the company post a bond for the facility, according to a letter received by the borough.

The company already has treated infectious and chemotherapeutic waste from several hospitals already at its plant under temporary permits to test its oxidation machines, which turn the waste into water vapor, carbon dioxide and sterile ash. The permit would allow the company to treat up to 7,200 pounds of waste a day.

CEO John M. Moran has said the facility would probably start at 1,000 pounds per day, which could come in one truck.

The facility also would help the company's research and development of the machines that it makes for hospitals.

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