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2016 Preliminary Ridley Park Budget - No Real Estate Tax Increase

At this point, Ridley Park's preliminary budget shows no-tax-increase for 2016.  No decision has been made yet on the trash and sewer fees, however Council voted at the November meeting to maintain the current real estate tax at 8.14 mills. For homeowners, this equates to $814 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

For the budget next year, Borough Council increased the total assessed valuation of the Borough by $194,000. This increases the value of the Borough's property, equipment, and other Borough Assets to $302,416,564.

In 2016, the Borough's expenditures are expected to be $180,494. The police department getting the largest hunk of the increase (up $29,481) and the remaining chunk of the expenditures ($157,206) going into the general expenditures fund. The only account with a decrease is the sewer fund, which diminished by $29,481 for 2016.

No decision has been made on the fees for Trash collect and sewer use. Ridley Park households currently pay $220 for trash collect and $363 for sew use.

Council Finance/Personnel Committee Chairman Paul Mattus told Barbara Ormsby of the DelCoTimes. “I’m pretty proud that we have no tax increase.”

Residents can view the preliminary budget at borough hall. Final adoption is expected at the December 15th council meeting.

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Comment by Parkergirl on March 18, 2016 at 1:37pm

I was able to view this last council mtg. I think it's appalling that Berger doesn't allow Andy to speak. Andy is playing by their five minute rule. He wants to put all the questions out at one time and have Berger reply afterwards. Why can't council play by the same rules? It's because they try to limit Andy's time because he's asking the "right" questions. Berger will defer his answer to the solicitor or BM taking up ALL of Andy's time. It seems very apparent to me that Andy strikes a nerve with Berger and Berger tries his best not to appear flustered.  It's not working.  Give Andy his 5 minutes of complete questions and Berger can have his time afterwards.

Comment by Kenneth Harper on March 18, 2016 at 12:03pm

In recent RP council meetings a resident has continued to bring some topics about the borough's spending of funds. Appears to me that the borough has spent more money than they had in their budget for the past two years.  Now this year we don't have a tax increase, I trust that there will be enough money for the entire year.

Comment by tim devabey on December 15, 2015 at 3:56pm

@Jim Butt, Linda Smith,  Linda Shockley, etc, 

At the Code Enforcer's public meeting a few months ago, CE Tony said that sidewalk repairs adjacent to Borough properties would be rolled into one (large) project and would appear as a line item on the 2016 Borough Budget.  If this is true, and the taxes are not increased, what is cut from the budget to cover the addition of Tony's sidewalk repair recommendation?

What will it cost to bring the Borough sidewalks up to Tony's code specifications? 

Comment by RidleyParkOnline on December 8, 2015 at 10:39am

@Ken, you're right, Linda saw my typo. The correct millage rate for RP is $814 for every 100K of assessed property value and not $1,000

Comment by Linda Smith on December 7, 2015 at 6:25pm
Jim I agree. How can insurance, fuel, upkeep of lake, etc. keep going up and no new taxes to cover the costs. I do, however, think the new BM has a handle on the budget. Let's keep the faith.
Comment by Kenneth Harper on December 7, 2015 at 10:49am

@ Linda, I believe it should be $814 in tax for every $100,000 of assessed property value.

Comment by Linda Shockley on December 7, 2015 at 8:06am

Something is wrong with the math here.  $814 for every $1,000 in assessed property value would mean I'd be paying over $83,000.

Comment by Linda Smith on December 4, 2015 at 7:12pm
I understand we owe this Budget to our new Borough Manager, Seems we finally have someone who understands budgets. Bravo.

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