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No tax increase in 2008 Chambersburg budget

December 11, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council officially approved its budget Monday night, which includes no tax increase for borough residents, according to Borough Council President William McLaughlin.

The current tax rate is 20 mills, according to Assistant Borough Manager David Finch. A mill represents $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

"In 15 out of the last 18 years, there has been no tax increase," McLaughlin said.

The total budget, including the budgets for the borough's four utilities, is $63.1 million, compared to $58.8 million in 2007, according to the budget documents.

The budget's increase from 2007 to 2008 is mainly due to the addition of personnel, such as the three firefighters approved for hiring during Monday's meeting, Finch said.

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The general fund total was $11,478,270 with a deficit of $1,361,370, which will require taking more than $1.3 million out of cash reserves, Borough Manager Eric Oyer said when he presented the preliminary budget to the council in October.

The top expenditures in the 2008 budget are projected to be $4.1 million for the Police Department, nearly $3 million for the fire and ambulance service, $1.75 million for highways, traffic and lighting and $1.2 million for the Recreation Department.

The 2007 budget raised taxes 3 mills to 20 mills as three new police positions and three paid firefighter positions were approved.

On the revenue side, real estate taxes are expected to bring in approximately $3.5 million with wage and net profit taxes bringing in another $1.6 million. Licenses, permits and other fees are expected to generate about $1.7 million and $1.6 million will be transferred from other departments to the general fund.

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