Waynesboro Borough Council takes a look at the budget…proposed millage increase on the table

November 16 – Waynesboro Borough Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at Borough Hall where the 2022 budget will be discussed.

Jason Stains, Borough Manager of Waynesboro, joined Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen this morning on First News for a preview of the meeting.

Before getting into the budget talk, Stains reminded listeners that the annual Christmas tree lighting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening in the square. Thanks to Jay and Pat Heefner for donating the tree.

The budget discussion at the meeting will include the tax ordinance that goes along with the budget.

Stains said, “Unfortunately we’ve done everything that we can, but we are going to be forced at looking at a tax increase for residents in the borough in 2022. It’s looking at 4 ¾ mil increase. Depending on what Ward you live in, that will cost you an additional $14 per mil, so you can do the math there real quickly and that will be your tax increase for next year.”

The funds are being used for emergency services and the fire department. The borough is going back to the full complement of police officers. Portable radios will need to be purchased for both police and fire department.

Stains said, “Between both departments that’s a little over $300,000 purchase. We are also upgrading our mobile vehicle recording in our police cars. Those are beyond their life and starting to fail. We also have a matching grant for body cameras for the police department. We’ll be having to pay those funds through the tax increase.”

Ryan said, “That’s a pretty big number, that four. I think I’ve seen people wince at 3, but 4 is a pretty big number and you’ve been in years past it’s been little or nothing. So it seems like the pain is here. I’m certain it’s nothing that you want to put on folks in the borough.”

Stains said, “We have tried to do what we can to keep taxes to a minimum. We have really tried not to raise taxes over the last few years. The 4 number is part of the swallow. I guess the only good feeling part of it is it’s going towards our first responders and making sure that they have the tools that they need to do the job when people call for their help.

To see the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Borough Hall, click here and go to Download Agenda: https://waynesboropa.org/borough-council/