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East Greenville Proposes Tax Hike in 2024
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            With limited discussion, East Greenville voted Tuesday to advertise its 2024 budget. The borough's financial plan, which totals $3.774 million, includes a 0.5 mill tax increase.

            Once the overall tax millage rate is raised to 7.25 mills, the average property owner will pay an additional $53, according to council President Angie Fegely. She said after the meeting that lasted just 10 minutes that the additional revenue will go directly into the borough's coffers.

            Fegely disclosed some key details, including contributions to the East Greenville Fire Company and the Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance. According to the council president, the members allocated $59,000 for the fire company and $27,000 for the ambulance.

            Joe Adam Sr., president of the East Greenville Fire Company, expressed his appreciation for the allotment. He said it would help the fire service move forward.

            "Thank you very much," Adam said.

            According to Fegely, each organization received an additional $17,000, above and beyond the borough's usual annual contribution, with funds remaining from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

            In August, officers from the Upper Perk Ambulance asked the East Greenville, Pennsburg and Red Hill councils to create a dedicated 0.25 millage increase that would go directly towards paying the organization's employees. However, East Greenville officials rejected that request.

            "We have to do what is best for the residents of the borough," Fegely said after the meeting.

            The council president described the budget – which includes $2.343 million in the general fund, $1,254 million on the water account and highway aid totaling $170,000 – as balanced. According to Fegely, the borough's costs remain relatively similar as compared to this year.

            A plan to hire a new borough manager is one of next year's new costs. Municipal officials have budgeted $62,400 for that expense, split evenly between the general and water funds, according to the council president.

            Alison Palmer participated in the meeting via telephone. Melissa Leinbach and Joe Rock were absent.

            Council chose not to act on a resignation letter submitted Nov. 15 by Rock. According to Fegely, the correspondence did not include a reason for the decision. She said council would likely act on it during its next meeting.

            Rock was first elected to council in November 2017 on the "We The People" slate of candidates that argued for a return to the Upper Perk Police District, which was dissolved by a vote of council on Sept. 16, 2016. He was re-elected in 2021 His current term expires at the end of 2025.






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