Residents of Fleetwood Borough may have something new to dread next year in the form of an 83% tax increase, an idea the Borough Council decided to advertise on Monday, November 14.
This increase is for a proposed 2012 budget that will total over $1.9 million.
The tax, if it makes it farther than the advertising phase, will raise the property tax rate $2.5 million, including a $1 million fire tax. According to the council, the hike is necessary because of a $33,600 budget increase due to raised salaries, insurance, and utilities expenses.
Some council members are saying this budget is required to keep the same level of service expected by residents of Fleetwood and that this increase will be well in line with rates of similar-sized boroughs in the region.
In an article for the Reading Eagle, Councilman Peter R. Merkel spoke openly about the tax increase.
“I pay more for cable TV than I do for borough taxes, and what do you get for your borough taxes? A [heck] of a lot,” Merkel said.
Not all council members are in favor of this drastic increase. Councilwoman Tammy L. Gore said she would not have a problem advertising the budget but is opposed to the budget itself.