Chambersburg Borough Property Tax to Increase in 2014

Published 11/20 2013 08:37PM

Updated 11/20 2013 09:25PM

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.For the first time since 2006, Chambersburg council members have decided to increase property taxes in the borough.

The Council released their proposed tax ordinance to the public Wednesday, which includes a higher police tax and a new fire tax.

For the average single-family household the police tax will increase by about $16 a year and a new $42 fire tax will be put in place in 2014.

Chambersburg Council President Bill McLaughlin says the fire tax had to be implemented because they lost an arbitration case this year against Chambersburg firefighters.

"The arbitrator, under current law, they don't have to justify it," said McLaughlin, adding that Chambersburg will use the tax revenue to pay for salary increases the firefighters were rewarded.

Despite the tax increases, McLaughlin says electricity rates will go down by about $60 a year.

"The tax increase will be more than offset by the reduction in their electric rates," said McLaughlin. He says there was no opposition to the proposed budget when they announced it in their meeting this week.

The council is expected to approve the budget on December 9th.

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