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Taxes to go up in Waynesboro

December 11, 2000

Taxes to go up in Waynesboro



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Borough of Waynesboro taxpayers will see a slight increase in their property taxes next year while their counterparts in Greencastle will again see their taxes stay the same.

In Waynesboro, according to Borough Manager Lloyd C. Hamberger, the new rate for next year will be 12.18 mills, up from the 11.6 mills in effect this year. It represents a hike of about 5 percent. The borough has not raised its property tax since 1997.

Mill rates in Franklin County changed last year when the County Commissioners increased the rate of assessments on real estate from 40 percent of its market value to 100 percent. The change, while it resulted in lower mill rates, had no effect on the amount of taxes paid, Hamberger said. Under the old system of 40 percent assessment, the borough's tax rate next year would have been 30 mills.

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One mill represents 1/1000 of assessed property value.

Hamberger said the tax hike is needed this year to pay for major increases in health insurance premiums for the borough's 55 full-time employees. "Our Blue Cross/Blue Shield premiums went up by about $80,000," he said.

The new tax hike won't cover all of the increase, he said. To make up the difference, the Borough Council hiked its trash pickup fees by $1.25 per quarter, he said.

Waynesboro's general fund budget for 2001 is $2.6 million, up by about $100,000 over this year, Hamberger said. Most of the increase comes from insurance premium increases, he said.

The new tax rate represents an increase of about $10 a year for an average homeowner, Hamberger said.

Kenneth Myer, Greencastle's borough manager, said Monday the tax rate there will remain the same for next year at 10.6 mills. The borough's 2001 budget came in at about $1.5 million, down by about $10,000 from this year's appropriation.

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