With budget meetings about to get underway, Carlisle Borough has unveiled a proposed budget that does not raise taxes but may see increases in water and sewer rates, as well as in the cost of trash removal.
The borough’s finance and budget committee meets tonight at 6 p.m. in the borough hall, 53 W. South St., to open discussions on the 2018 budget. An additional meeting will be held Tuesday night, if deemed necessary.
A public hearing on the budget is listed on the borough calendar for Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., just before the borough’s monthly meeting.
In his budget message posted as part of the preliminary plan, Borough Manager Matt Candland said that while some line items have increased slightly, others have decreased to allow the borough to “hold the line” on expenditures while maintaining services.
Overall, the budget plan includes $42,411,832 in spending with anticipated revenue of $43,642,265.
The budget includes a proposed 4 percent increase to the water rate to help fund capital improvements to the water distribution system. That means the average household would pay an additional $3.50 per quarter on its water bill.
The sewer fund is in the fourth year of a series of planned increases that began in 2015 with a 6 percent increase and continued with another 6 percent increase in 2016 and a 4 percent increase in 2017.
A 3 percent increase is planned for 2018, which would add another $3.40 per quarter to the sewer bill for the average household.
The third increase for borough residents comes in a proposed increase in the price of borough trash bags from $3.50 per bag to $3.75 per bag. The increase comes as the collection fees per bag increased from $2.62 per bag in 2017 to $2.67 per bag in 2018 with an anticipated rise to $2.72 per bag in 2019. The cost of bags has also risen by 6 percent.
One surprise in the budget plan is that the borough will not face an increase in its health insurance premiums for its employees. He did warn, however, that the borough has been informed it can expect premium increases of 5 to 10 percent in the coming years.