CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - For the 11th straight year there will be no increase in real estate taxes for Chambersburg property owners, according to the 2000 budget recommendation presented to the borough council Wednesday by Borough Manager Eric Oyer.
Once again, however, the borough will have to dip into its budgetary reserve to balance the general fund. Next year he said it will take $548,000 from reserves to balance the $6.3 million general fund. That would leave a budgetary reserve of $951,000.
The largest portion of the general fund, $2,245,375, or 35.5 percent, is for the police department, a decrease of 0.7 percent from this year because of lower pension contributions by the borough, Oyer said.
The fire and ambulance services are next with a budget of $1,631,450. That's an increase of 9.4 percent, in large part because the borough's 1999 estimate of payroll was too low, Oyer said.