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Pennsburg Borough approves 2013 budget

By Emily Thiel, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 18 2012 11:07:38 PM CST
PENNSBURG, Pa. -

Pennsburg Borough Council officially adopted their 2013 budget, making tax increases to help fund for the Upper Perkiomen Police Department to run on full coverage.

Council stated that some of their items originally budgeted for, such as road repairs and repairs for the municipal building had to be cut in order for the police funding to occur.

Originally the police budget called for $71,000 but the latest amount requested for the borough is $38,950. Being able to provide the lower amount allows for funding to be put towards savings for community road improvements, as well as keep the police force in full coverage.

A tax hike was still needed in the borough, as well as the neighboring East Greenville, who both benefit from services from the Upper Perk Police Department.

The Upper Perk Police Commission originally had laid off two full time and one part time police officers, as well as cut the secretary position from full time to 32 hours.

The Police Commission unanimously voted police officers back to the force, as well as the secretary back to full time, as East Greenville and Pennsburg both slightly raised taxes within their boroughs.

The Pennsburg budget covers expenditures and revenues set at $1,608,036 for the upcoming year.

Pennsburg Council unanimously voted for an increase in the tax rate for general purposes to the sum of 5.474 mills. Also re-enacted for 2013 are the 1% real estate transfer tax, the 1% earned income tax, the $5 per capita tax, a $110 per unit trash and recycling tax and the occupation privileged tax of $10.

Borough Council approved meeting dates for next year set for 7 p.m. January 7, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 9, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 4 and December 3, 2013. All meetings are held at Borough Hall, 76 W. 6th St., Pennsburg.