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Ridley Park Borough Council gave final approval Friday to the 2013 budget showing total expenditures of $3,666,553 and keeping the tax rate at the 2012 rate of 7.79 mills reports Barbara Ormsby for the DelCo Times.
The millage rate equates to $7.79 for each $1,000 of assessed property valuation.
The sewer fee will remain at $322 per unit and the trash fee stays at $231 per unit. Council also voted to apply for a tax anticipation loan of $200,000 to tide the borough over until tax revenue begins to come in in 2013.
The budget and the loan passed four to two, with council members Jared Brennan and Sue Murtha voting no.
The two council members contended that the 2013 budget is not balanced and contains “inaccuracies.”
“Our vote was not against no tax increase, but against the figures in the budget because the budget is not balanced. We want the taxes not to go up,” Brennan said.
Murtha contended that there was no resolution to fund the minimum municipal obligation payment for the police pension fund and no resolution for the tax revenue anticipation note.
Contacted after the special budget meeting, council finance chairman Jim Glenn said he believes the budget is balanced.
“I had no comment (about the budget) from them (Brennan and Murtha) until last night’s meeting,” Glenn said. “For 24 days they had copies in their hands and never asked a question.”
Both Glenn and council president Bob Berger said Murtha commented at the December workshop session of council that she wanted the budget process to fail. Murtha said she did not recall making such a statement.
“Why would I want it to fail,” she said when told of the comment made by the two men. “It would be foolish to fail. It would only hurt the residents.”
Berger said budget figures are accurate and it was the mission of council “not to bring figures out of the sky.”
“The in-fighting needs to stop,” Berger said. “We have to come together for the common good of Ridley Park.”
In other matters, council approved the leasing of a backhoe for four years at a cost of $79,800 as a lease purchase plan, and voted to change the time for the telecommunications committee meetings to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month.