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
"The arbitrator, under current law, they don't have to justify it," said McLaughlin, adding that
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.