Waynesboro eyes reducing real estate tax break

January 04, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH


Waynesboro property owners might not be receiving the 1.75 mill real estate tax break originally planned for 2006, but workers in the borough will be spared a recently passed $52 tax.

With four new members at the helm, the Waynesboro Borough Council on Tuesday started the process to eliminate the emergency and municipal services tax and adjust the property tax rate to 17.18 mills for the borough's general operating fund.

Each mill of taxes yields about $55,000 for the borough. A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.


The council originally lowered property taxes 1.75 mills from the 2005 tax rate. It is now looking to cut that break to 1 mill to compensate for lost revenue from the EMS tax.

The $52 EMS tax would have been levied on everyone who works in the borough, regardless of where they live.

Changes to both the 2006 tax structure and budget will go before the council for final approval in about a month.

"We didn't have all the details I felt were needed to pass that (EMS) tax," said Dick George, a veteran councilman.

On Tuesday, George was appointed president of the council. The vice president's spot went to Craig Newcomer, a new member who represents the Third Ward.

In addition to Newcomer, Allen Berry, Jason Stains and Allen Porter were sworn in Tuesday as members of the council.

The council also voted to advertise for applicants for borough solicitor, since the motion to appoint a solicitor died earlier in the evening.

D. Lloyd Reichard II, an attorney in Franklin County, Pa., has been solicitor since 1969.

In Pennsylvania, borough solicitors advise municipal officials in legal matters, and draft and revise ordinances.

A second motion was made to advertise for applicants for borough manager. That motion died, meaning Lloyd Hamberger will remain in the position he has held for 25 years.

State Rep. Pat Fleagle, R-Waynesboro, visited the council to present the outgoing mayor, Louis M. Barlup Jr., with a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and a flag that flew over the state Capitol.

"Mayor Barlup has been more certainly than a mayor and a colleague to me," Fleagle said.

Richard "Dick" Starliper, a former councilman, was sworn in as Waynesboro's mayor.

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