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Ridley Park Borough Council approved our 2011 budget of $5,187,355 in December with no increase in taxes and no hikes in our trash or sewer fees.

Our real estate millage rate remains at 7.45 mills, or $7.45 for each $1,000 of assessed valuation. That means a Ridley Park house that's assessed at $100,000 will get a tax bill of $745.

Our trash fee remains at $231 and the sewer fee stays at $322.

In 2011 Police officers and non-uniformed employees get a 3.5% wage increase.

The Borough added a $156,000 payment from DELCORA (Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority) to the 2010 capital reserve fund of $44,326. The DELCORA payment came after Ridley Park and two other municipalities joined the sewer treatment authority and payed their share of the authority's membership.

The budget also included a $200,000 Tax Anticipation Loan that was previously approved by Council. TAL loans are part of the standard business operations for most municipalities who use the loan to bridge the gap in revenue until real estate tax revenue comes in.  The TAL loan for Ridley Park in 2010 was $500,000.

For more details see Barbara Ormsby's article

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Comment by RidleyParkOnline on January 8, 2011 at 8:51am

Paul Luce wrote a telling article about the SPCA, DelCo Animal Control, Ridley Park and the ongoing efforts to deal with Ridley Park's animal control. I was not correct when I commented earlier "The National Humane Society is trying to organize a Delco chapter." Delaware County Animal Control has begun a separate operation in the hopes of becoming a haven for animal control cases. I recall hearing that the Workshop that they would align themselves with the  national resources and network of the Humane Society. Check out Paul's article it foretells the trouble that's coming to DelCo if there's not an animal control solution found.

Comment by Linda Shockley on January 7, 2011 at 10:57pm
I'm going to try to find the National Humane Society's web page which I assume they have.
Comment by Linda Shockley on January 7, 2011 at 10:56pm
Dang, that building is right down the street from me, I could've easily volunteered. Thanks for letting me know what the budget is for animal control.
Comment by RidleyParkOnline on January 7, 2011 at 4:05pm

At the January Borough Council Workshop Carole Nasella gave a presentation regarding the ongoing efforts to find an animal control solution for Ridley Park.  In 2011, every Delco municipality will need to find a solution to replace the SPCA.  The National Humane Society is trying to organize a Delco chapter and the folks trying to organize the local chapter inspected the old Ajax building on Chester Pike as a possible headquarters, but the building was a no go for them.

I'm not sure what the budgeted amount is for the Borough's animal control, I'll find out and let you know.

Comment by Linda Shockley on January 7, 2011 at 2:38pm
Was there an amount added to the budget for animal control now that the SPCA is charging a higher fee? Does anyone know where RP's council stands on that whole issue?

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