Financial position in Chambersburg 'not bad,' official says
By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Midway through 2000 the financial position of Chambersburg is "not bad," according to Borough Manager Eric Oyer, but rate increases could be possible for some utilities in 2001.
"If you look at the general fund, all of our major expenditure categories are within budget," Oyer said Monday of the police, fire, ambulance, recreation and highway departments. Highway Department expenditures are down 15 percent because of the mild winter, he said.
The 2000 budget is about $38 million. The general fund is approximately $6.3 million with the rest being mostly enterprise funds for the borough's sewer, water, electrical and gas utilities.
Warmer-than-normal temperatures in the first part of the year meant less was spent cindering and plowing streets. "That same mild winter hurt us on the utilities side," Oyer said. Unlike other boroughs in Pennsylvania, Chambersburg owns its electrical and gas systems, buying electrical power and natural gas and reselling it to residential, commercial and industrial customers.