Proposed borough budget would require tax increase

October 15, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A proposed 2005 budget to run the Borough of Waynesboro could require nearly 6.8 mills to pay for it, according to figures released Thursday night following the Borough Council's first session on next year's budget.

"The big culprit," said Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger after the session, "is health insurance for borough employees. Look at it," he said, pointing to a $150,750 increase in the budget item over this year's cost.

In 2004, the council paid $670,556 in health insurance premiums. Next year, it's going up to $821,306 unless Hamberger can find a cheaper provider.


The budget for 2004 was around $3.2 million. Next year, according to preliminary figures, it's pegged at around $3.6 million.

One mill, which represents $1,000 in assessed real estate value, brings in about $55,000, Hamberger said.

The council is sure to cut the proposed appropriation before it gives it its final approval, he said.

Income last year was $3.2 million. This year's estimate brings it to $3.4 million, according to the preliminary budget.

The council met with department heads in the engineering, police and fire departments Thursday. Each presented his proposed 20005 budget.

· Borough Fire Chief Ron Flegel raised his line item for fire vehicle expenses by more than $23,000 for next year, from about $40,000 to nearly $64,000 for 2005. He blamed the rising cost of gasoline and diesel fuel to run the department's heavy trucks.

· Chief Ray Shultz's budget for police services came in at around $1 million, up nearly $80,000 over the current year. Upgrades to equipment and the police headquarters were listed among the reasons for the increase.

The department is expected to run with nearly a full staff of 19 officers next year.

· The line item for snow removal, following last winter's heavier-than-usual snowfall, raised that budget by about $8,000 to $11,500.

The proposed budget for 2005, if it is adopted as presented Thursday, would be $636,000 higher than the budget that was approved in 2003, according to borough figures.

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