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Waynesboro holds the line on taxes

December 15, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Borough Council passed a 2011 budget Wednesday without any changes to the tax structure.

“It’s a hold-the-line budget. No new taxes,” Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Non-uniform, full-time employees will receive 2 percent pay raises, Hamberger said.

No major projects are planned for 2011, other than a storm water project funded by a low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, he said.

Borough officials have discussed engaging in some short-term borrowing to pay bills on time while waiting for tax and storm water loan revenue. Hamberger said he expects earned income tax collection timetables could be affected by a new, countywide system of collection.

The real estate tax rates will remain at 17.18 mills for general operations, 2.3 mills for streetlights and 3 mills for street improvements. A mill represents $1 for every $1,000 assessed property value.

The six-member council passed the budget unanimously after several weeks of workshops on the spending plan.

The budget anticipates $4.5 million in spending from the general fund. About 20 percent of that is earmarked for public safety in the borough, which has its own police department. Budget documents show $1.1 million is allotted to the department’s salaries, uniforms, equipment and office materials.

In other business at its meeting, the council raised the fees for on-street, handicapped parking signs. Sign materials and installation will now cost applicants $120, rather than $75.

Councilman Ronnie Martin said the new fee better represents the actual cost of the sign.

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