Mount Holly Springs Borough Council Monday approved a $900,500 budget for 2018 that holds the line on the general fund real estate tax at 2.34 mills.
In separate motions, Edgar Kendall was the only council member to vote against the fiscal plan, but he joined his colleagues in voting unanimously to set the tax rate.
Asked for comment after the meeting, Kendall said he was against certain borough employees getting a salary increase next year.
Township Manager Thomas Day said Tuesday that Kendall was probably referring to Jim Hoener and Ed Ginter, two employees of the borough public works department.
An employee for 19 years, Hoener is certified as a sewer plant operator but makes less money than the current employee assigned to that position, Day said.
Day said the majority of the council felt that Hoener should receive a pay increase from $18.70 to $20 an hour to reflect his many years with the borough and to account for his specialized training. Day said Ginter will receive a dollar raise next year to bring him up to what neighboring municipalities pay their road crews.
Borough employees across-the-board will receive a 3 percent cost-of-living increase for 2018. The only exception is Day, who also serves as the borough police chief.
In his comments Monday, Kendall said he was also against the borough paying $4,000 for the contracted services of Rebecca Yearick, an employee of the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority who works as the downtown program services manager for the borough.
In response, Day said that Yearick was instrumental in helping the borough formulate the rental property inspection ordinance, which the council adopted Monday.
He said Yearick has helped the borough research grant opportunities and has reached out to local realtors to try and fill in empty storefronts in the downtown.
“For what little money she is being paid by the borough, she has been an asset to the borough,” Day said.