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Palmerton unlikely to have tax hike

Published October 29. 2010 05:00PM

Palmerton residents aren't likely to see an increase in their property tax rates next year.

Borough Council on a 6-0 vote Thursday agreed to advertise for adoption the 2011 budget at its Dec. 16 meeting. Councilman Randolph Gursky was absent.

If approved, the budget would leave the property tax rate unchanged at 8.27 mills. That would mean the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, which would be assessed at $50,000, would again pay $413.50.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson noted that the borough is about to embark on a $10 million wastewater treatment plant.

"I see no reason to raise those rates right now, but [2012] is a guarantee," Danielson said. "As far as people's rates, that will probably be put off until [2012]; we're cautiously optimistic we're going to stay at $50 [in 2011]."

This year, residents saw a 1-mill reduction in their property tax rates, which lessened the millage rate from 9.27 to 8.27 mills.

That meant the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000, which was assessed at $50,000, paid $413.50 in property taxes this year, down $50.50 from the $464 that person paid in 2009.

This year's budget did, however, call for a $10 increase in the monthly sewer rates

Last year, residents saw a 19-percent hike in their property tax rates after council approved a budget that called for a 1.5 mill increase that raised the millage rate from 7.77 to 9.27 mills.

That meant the owner of a $100,000 home, which was assessed at $50,000, paid $464, up $75 from the $389 they paid in 2008.

Also as part of last year's budget, residents saw a 10-percent increase in their water rates as well, which resulted in a $1 more a month for a single person, and about $3.50 for a family of four.

In 2007, council passed a budget that left the property tax rate unchanged. However, that budget raised the monthly sewer rate $5, from $18.50 to $23.50 in a move officials said would help the borough afford an upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant.

In other business, council:

- Agreed to hire Adam Cebrosky and Daniel Snyder as leaf collection workers at a rate of $7.25 an hour.

- Approved handicapped parking requests for Ronald Beltz at 596 Mauch Chunk Road, Shirley McFarland at 540 Columbia Avenue, and Deborah Cardinella at 666 Mauch Chunk Road.

- Granted permission for the fire company to take several engines to the Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade on Saturday.

- Announced the next meeting of Borough Council will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 23.

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