Now the bad news, the proposed $49.3 million budget for 2021 still calls for a tax hike of 3.5 percent.
The staff has proposed that the remaining budget gap of $404,803 be filled by a combination of pulling $142,976 from reserves and raising taxes to generate the other $261,827," Borough Manager Justin Keller told council at Wednesday night's work session.
The budget draft presented last month called for using $293,384, so the savings were applied to reducing the amount taken from reserves, not reducing the tax hike.
The borough has to start planning to replacing aging playground equipment, as well as re-paving the parking lot at the BMX track at memorial Park and other projects.
As a result, the annual increase the owner of a property assessed at $85,000 would pay under the plan is $39.19.
That's up more than $10 from the $28.12 estimate given last month when the budget draft was first presented publicly to council.