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Waynesboro Council OKs EMS tax

three apply for solicitor

February 03, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

Waynesboro, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday made changes to its 2006 tax rate and budget, bypassing a $52 tax.

The Council previously set a new emergency and municipal services tax at the full $52 allowed in Pennsylvania.

That tax is levied on everyone who works in the municipality, regardless of where they live.

The council reduced the EMS tax to $10 Wednesday night. It also stuck to its previous elimination of a $10 occupational privilege tax.

People who earn less than $1,000 a year are exempt from the EMS tax, according to borough ordinance.

This year's property tax rate in Waynesboro is 17.18 mills.

Taxpayers will continue to pay an additional 3 mills for street improvements and 2.3 mills for street lights.

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

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The only changes to the $3.9 million budget were the projected revenue from taxes and tax collection costs, according to Lloyd Hamberger, borough manager.

At its meeting Wednesday, the council also received applications from three local attorneys applying to be borough solicitor.

Those applications came from A.J. Benchoff, a former councilman; John Lisko, solicitor for both nearby Washington and Antrim townships; and Bryan Salzmann, who has offices in Chambersburg, Pa.

D. Lloyd Reichard II, the borough's solicitor since 1969, did not apply for the position, saying he has demonstrated his ability and experience.

The Council voted to advertise for applicants for solicitor in January.

The personnel committee will review the applications, according to Dick George, council president.

"Probably council in general will interview them. We're going to take our time and do it right," said George, who estimated the process may take four to six weeks.

He said the council has the option of retaining Reichard.

"I would be willing to discuss it with them," said Reichard.

He lives in Waynesboro and has a practice with offices in Waynesboro and Chambersburg. In addition to attending council and planning commission meetings, Reichard represents the borough before the zoning hearing board.

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