East Greenville Borough Council approved their proposed budget during Monday night's meeting, which will raise taxes a .25% millage increase. The tax increase would bring real estate taxes up to $505,428.
"The reason for the increase, as everybody knows, is the increase in the police allocation," said council member Tim Huff. The Upper Perkiomen Police Commission recently laid off 2 full-time and 1 part-time police officers, but reinstated them back to the force by slightly raising taxes in both Pennsburg and East Greenville.
The tax increase also includes a 3% increase in salary across the board for all borough employees. Salary increases do not include increases for elected officials, the Planning Commission or Zoning Hearing Board members.
"The state has changed their formula for pensions," stated Mayor Ryan J. Sloyer, "We started this year having to contribute towards the pension, which is also the cause of the increase of the allocation on the borough."
Mayor Sloyer hopes that the state will reconsider the way they do their formula of the pensions.
Official adoption of the 2013 budget will be voted on at the next East Greenville Borough Council meeting held 7:30 p.m. December 28 at Borough Hall, 206 Main Street, East Greenville.