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Services tax needs a decision by Waynesboro Borough Council

November 01, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - The 2008 status will soon be decided for a tax that was already enacted, eliminated and re-enacted in the Borough of Waynesboro.

The $52 local services tax under consideration by the Waynesboro Borough Council has had administrative and name changes since its inception.

"Basically, I'm going to ask them for a decision (tonight) or at least at next Wednesday's council meeting," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

The council must make its decision by Nov. 30 for the tax to go into effect Jan. 1, 2008.

One-fourth of the tax revenue must be used for emergency services like police, fire and ambulance protection, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Web site at www.newpa.com.

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The remainder may be used for road construction or maintenance, or to offset property taxes, the site says.

Hamberger said the borough expects to receive $190,000 revenue from the "emergency and municipal services tax" this year, which was the first year of its use in Waynesboro. The EMS tax is now the local services tax.

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

While the tax was previously collected in installments, the state has mandated it be a weekly withdraw from pay.

Also, low-income workers had the tax collected and then refunded with an approved form, Hamberger said.

If the tax is put back on the books for 2008, those people must fill out an exoneration form and submit it to their employer up front, he said.

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