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Borough residents expected to see tax increase

The Council is also considering ways to use $50,000 in grants that are earmarked for downtown upgrades.

The Council is also considering ways to use $50,000 in grants that are earmarked for downtown upgrades.

November 21, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Borough taxpayers will see a two-mill increase in their real estate taxes next year so the Borough Council can balance its $3 million budget, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said Wednesday.

The two mills will net the borough about $104,000, Hamberger said after Wednesday's Borough Council meeting. The increase will help pay for rising insurance costs and other mandated expenses, he said.

The new appropriation "will keep us in acceptable shape. There's no major changes in staffing. We turned down requests for more manpower for the fire and police departments," Hamberger said.

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The new rate is 16.18 mills or $16.18 for every $1,000 of assessed property value, Hamberger said. The owner of a house assessed at a value of $100,000 will pay a total of about $34 more a year in real estate taxes, he said.

The budget is on public display at Borough Hall. The council is expected to formally adopt the budget at its Dec. 4 meeting, Hamberger said.

The council is also considering how it will spend $50,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds earmarked for downtown improvement projects, Hamberger told the council Wednesday.

The council's downtown revitalization and finance committee will meet soon to come up with a plan on how the money will be spent.

"We should be able to adopt it and start the process in January or February," Hamberger said.

The council opened more bids for the renovation of the Northside Pool Wednesday and approved a change order that allows the current contractor to install the concrete decking and drains. That was done to keep the project moving.

Seeking separate bids would have slowed things down, Hamberger said.

The members also accepted a $35,000 bid from Beaver Plumbing in Hagerstown for plumbing at the pool. Still needed are bids for the major work.

The borough hopes to have the facility ready for the 2003 season on Memorial Day, Hamberger said.

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