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Borough council OKs $52 EMS tax

September 07, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday re-enacted a $52 tax it eliminated in January.

The tax will be levied on everyone who works in the Borough of Waynesboro, regardless of where they live.

Five dollars of the emergency and municipal services tax, which eliminates the occupational privilege tax, will go to the Waynesboro Area School District. The remainder of the revenue is designated to benefit roads and police, fire and ambulance services. It will go into effect in 2007.

The mechanics of how the tax will be levied are still being developed, but initial talks among council members indicate workers making less than $12,000 a year can apply to have their payment refunded.

Late last year, the council enacted the tax and reduced the real estate tax mill rate in exchange. In its first action of the year, the new council rescinded the EMS tax.

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Estimates are the borough will receive $100,000 to $200,000 from the tax.

The borough also is in the preapplication process for more than $500,000 of hazard mitigation grant money to rehabilitate the stormwater and sewer systems. Borough officials also have inquired about Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank loans from $500,000 to $1 million, the council said during a hearing Wednesday.

Residents, especially those near Cemetery Avenue and on Fifth Street, have told the council about significant flooding in their yards and basements after heavy rains in June.

"We've had a tremendous amount of growth in Waynesboro, and with that you're going to get more runoff," Director of Borough Engineering Kevin Grubbs said.

In other action, the council rezoned 64 E. Second St. from general commercial to medium-density residential to provide for a single-family house in the former accounting office building.

It also approved four areas on the outskirts of town as areas designated for billboards.

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