CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg property owners will not be seeing a real estate tax increase in 2009, but employees will be getting a cost-of-living increase of 4 percent.
The Borough Council voted Monday night to set the 2009 tax rate at 20 mills, the same as the previous two years. Also passed was the 2009 pay rate for the approximately 60 employees who are not members of a bargaining unit.
The pay increases for those administrative, clerical and technical personnel generally match those of employees who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Borough Manager Eric Oyer said. Members of AFSCME, as well as police and firefighters, will also receive 4 percent raises next year as called for in their union contracts.
The borough has approximately 200 employees, according to the preliminary budget.
When the council passed the preliminary 2009 budget in October, it voted not to hire two additional police officers and three firefighters, reallocating the money to its general fund cash reserve. Council members expressed concerns about the national economic picture, particularly the borough's $1 million in pension obligations next year.