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POTTSTOWN, Pa. – Taxes may be going up in Pottstown in 2020. At Tuesday night’s meeting, Pottstown Borough Council approved the advertisement for 10 days of an ordinance that increases taxes in the 2020 budget by 4.21% and increases the millage rate to 13.216 mills.

Borough Manager Justin Keller pointed out that the budget was still a work in progress. He said tax rates “won’t go higher and could possibly go lower.”

The motion was approved unanimously, with Councilor Joseph Kirkland absent.

In other financial news, Council President Dan Weand reported that, with 95% of the budget year gone, revenues had reached 99% of the budget while expenses were at 83%. Assessments declined $259,568 in October.

The council conditionally approved the preliminary/final land development plan of the Pottstown Collision Center, located at 601 & 619 West High Street. The approval is subject to satisfying the following conditions within 90 days: compliance with the Cedarville Engineering letter of Sept. 24, 2019; compliance with the Montgomery County Planning review letter of Oct. 7, 2019; payment of $500 per tree in lieu of planting the required number of trees; preparation and execution of a developer’s agreement in a form acceptable to the borough; payment in full of all borough review fees; and a favorable outcome of the conditional use appeal in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Assistant borough solicitor Matthew Henry advised the council that it was “unlikely that the Montgomery Court will hear the conditional use appeal within 90 days.”

If they do not hear the appeal, the start of the project will be delayed, Henry said.

In a related matter, the council granted the waiver request from the subdivision and land development ordinance for the Pottstown Collision Center Project. The project received waivers from the requirement of features (offsite) within 100 feet of site, the requirement providing existing features within 100 feet of property, the requirement of one street tree per 30 linear footage of street frontage, and the requirement of outdoor lighting.

In other business the council:

– Granted the conditional use request of Anne Anderson, to operate a massage therapy center at property located at 25B Moser Road.

– Authorized the solicitor to advertise an ordinance providing for a Municipal Employee Pension Plan, which shall be a defined contribution pension plan for all non-uniformed employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 2020.

– Adopted a resolution authorizing submission of a grant to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for the small water and sewer program in the amount of $500,000 to be used for stormwater arch rehabilitation small water and sewer resolution.

– Adopted a resolution authorizing submission of a grant to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for the H2O Grant Program in the amount of $1,000,000 to be used for stormwater arch rehabilitation.

– Adopted a resolution authorizing continued participation in the Certified Local Government Program with the Pennsylvania State Historical and Museum Commission and execution of the required intergovernmental agreement.

– Granted the request of the Sly Fox Track Club to hold its 5K Race on Jan. 1, 2020, and to hold its Super Bowl 5K race on Feb. 2, 2020, resulting in the closure of portions of Glasgow Street from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.