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Waynesboro OK's budget

December 20, 2000

Waynesboro OK's budget



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro residents will see a slight increase in their property taxes next year as the Borough Council continues to wrestle with a big hike in Blue Cross/Blue Shield premiums for its 55 employees.

The council officially adopted its 2001 budget Wednesday night, which calls for an overall increase in the annual appropriation of about $100,000. The increase will raise the appropriation to $21.6 million for the year.

The tax hike, an increase of about 5 percent, will represent about $10 more a year for the owner of an average home.

The mill rate will jump from 11.6 this year to 12.18 next year.

One mill represents 1/1000 of assessed property value.

Health insurance premiums are going up by about $80,000 for the year, according to Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.

Residents will see an increase in their trash collection rates of $1.25 per quarter, according to a council vote Wednesday.

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Also Wednesday, the council approved a 3 percent pay hike across the board for its 30 regular employees. Police and paid firefighters have their own contract with the borough.

The council also heard a first reading of an ordinance to cut the number of hours in the borough's parking meters by three hours a day.

Currently, motorists feed the meters from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The proposed ordinance would change the times from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The annual Christmas tree pickup and recycling is scheduled for Jan. 13. Residents must have their trees on the curb by 6 a.m. that day. The service is free.

And in a quirk of local government rules, the council reappointed David L. Smith and Thomas Shelly as sewage enforcement officers for the borough. Their official duties are to check on overflowing or malfunctioning private septic systems in the borough.

According to Hamberger, there are only two or three septic tanks in the borough limits.

"I think we've used them twice in the last 20 years," Hamberger told the council.

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