Because of the rising costs of engineering fees to comply with Act 537, a community-wide sewage facilities plan, Parryville Council has no other choice than to raise taxes by two mills this year.
Dana Brubaker, secretary, said that council is sure that a two-mill tax hike will happen again for 2013.
Brubaker added that one mill generates approximately $5,000. A home assessed at $40,000 will pay an additional $80 a year in real estate taxes in 2012 due to the tax increase.
Parryville recently adopted the 2012 preliminary budget. The budget will be adopted during a special meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Parryville anticipates receiving $81,899 for general taxing purposes. Another $8,587 is allocated for fire protection and $20,162 is from the tax claim bureau. Occupational taxes will raise $1,138 and real estate transfer tax, $1,738; earned income tax, $31,131; local service tax, $1,262; local ordinances, $57; state police fines, $636; interest income, $190; rent of land, $212; intergovernmental revenue, $351; fees and permits, $1,525; solid waste, $40,412; miscellaneous, $200; restricted revenue, liquid fuels and foreign fire tax, $17,850.
Parryville Borough Council has taken steps to comply with Act 537. Barry Issett, engineer with Barry Issett Associates, Trexlertown, has begun developing a plan.
The borough received several complaints from residents requesting that the municipality comply with Act 537 in Parryville.
Mike Grant, council presidnet, said that since receiving the complaint, council hired Issett to start the process.
Issett has met with DEP and has developed an activity report. The final plan version should be developed by mid July 2012.