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Borough council approves budget

December 13, 2000

Borough council approves budget



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council unanimously approved its 2001 budget Wednesday night.

For the 12th straight year, the borough's tax rate did not increase.

"A month ago, you adopted a preliminary budget. The final budget is very similar, with just minor corrections," said Borough Manager Eric Oyer. "The budget contains no tax rate increase and remains at 12.2 mills."

Oyer suggested a 0.3 mill real estate tax increase in October that would raise $42,000, but since then, he and the council have juggled funds to avoid that.

A mill equals $1 of tax for each $1,000 of assessed real estate value.

The council eliminated a proposed position for a fire marshal and unanimously voted last month to establish a new policy that would drop the general fund cash balance from 15 percent of the year's total appropriations to the 10 to 15 percent range.

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The projected cash balance at the end of 2001 is 14.3 percent of projected expenditures, well within the new 10 to 15 percent.

The net borough budget is $36,710,975, more than a 3 percent decrease over last year's budget, Oyer said.

Council President Bernard L. Washabaugh was pleased with the final result.

"The Borough of Chambersburg taxpayers can be proud of the borough staff and council. We have controlled spending, been responsible and still provide what I think are the best services," Washabaugh said.

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