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Palmerton prepared to approve budget with no property tax hike

Published October 28. 2011 05:02PM

It appears as though residents who live in Palmerton will see no increase in their property tax rates next year.

Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to advertise for adoption the 2012 budget at its Dec. 8 meeting.

If council were to approve a budget with no increase, it would leave the millage 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 in property taxes to the borough next year.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson told council the budget is still a work in progress, and that he would continue to give them updated figures through the end of the year.

In December, council passed this year's $15,566,815 budget with no increase in the property tax rate.

Last 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. That budget did, however, call for a $10 increase in the monthly sewer rates

In 2009, 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 that 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.

Also on Thursday, council revisited discussion on the safety of the intersection at the Seventh Street ball field.

The issue is that the intersection gets congested on Sundays when the Palmerton Booster Club holds football practices.

Councilman Kris Hoffner asked what the status of the situation was.

Danielson said the key point is "making a lot of people aware" of the situation.

Councilman Jeremy Barbosa - who in August brought the matter to light - said "the issue is some people will stop, some people won't."

Danielson said the borough will "just continue awareness; the trouble is, we have a lot of people coming from out of town."

Olivia suggested the organization should hire a security guard to assist with crossing, and added "it's something we're going to have to monitor."

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