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Budget: taxes to remain same

Published October 26. 2013 09:00AM

Palmerton residents will have no property tax increase next year.

Borough council unanimously agreed on Thursday to grant tentative adoption to the 2014 budget with no tax increase.

Should council adopt a budget with no tax increase, it would leave the millage rate unchanged at 8.27 mills for a fifth straight year.

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 to the borough next year.

The last time residents saw a tax increase was in 2009, when council approved a 1.5-mill, or 19-percent, hike 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.

In 2010, residents actually 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 that year, down $50.50 from the $464 they paid in 2009. That budget did, however, call for a $10 increase in the monthly sewer rates

Also on Thursday, council unanimously agreed to award a five-year contract for solid waste collection to Tamaqua Transfer in the amount of $1,767,840.

The contract will keep the rates the same for residents, officials noted.

In other business, council:

• Approved an ordinance to add a handicapped parking space along the west side of Fifth Street, which is the first spot north of Franklin Avenue.

• Approved an agreement with First Northern Bank & Trust Co. for payroll direct deposit.

• Appointed Brian Price and John Tyahla as seasonal leaf collection employees at the rate of $7.25 an hour until leaf collection is done.

• Approved a request from Family Promise of Carbon County to hold a Fun on Wheels Festival in the borough park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

• Announced that the next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

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