Wednesday, December 26, 2012

No tax increase for 2013

At its final meeting for the year, Elizabethtown Borough Council adopted a $5.8 million budget for 2013 that holds the line on taxes.

The budget for next year contains some large expenditures, but they are for items that are necessary for the long-term viability of the borough and its services. They include:

  • $225,000 for the purchase of property behind Advanced Auto. A former industrial site, the borough plans to buy the property and use it to store maintenance equipment, with an eye toward eventually constructing a new maintenance building.
  • $28,000 to refurbish the softball field and dugouts at Community Park. The field is heavily used, and some players have logged complaints with the borough about the safety of the fields.
  • $30,000 to install a new roof on Borough Hall.
These are just a few of the highlights of what really is an austere budget. That said, residents of Elizabethtown will notice a few other projects in 2013, such as construction of walking and bicycle paths extending from the Amtrak train station across Market Street through the alley system and on toward the Elizabethtown Area School District campus. This project is entirely grant funded.

In addition, the borough received word in late November that it is the recipient of a $250,000 grant to construct an entrance at Community Park along Cherry Alley just off College Avenue.

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