Tax rates will remain the same for property owners in Carlisle borough under a proposed budget for 2019 unveiled Tuesday.
The proposed budget, which is posted at the borough website, holds the line on both expenditures and services at 2018 levels.
The borough’s fire service appropriations tax would also remain unchanged under the 2019 budget. The borough’s general fund will receive a boost in the 2019 budget as expenses related to stormwater management will be moved to a new stormwater management fund into which revenues from the new stormwater management fee will be paid when it starts on July 1. That will make an estimated $170,000 available for other general fund expenses.
Though a study of the borough’s water and sewer rates presented at last month’s borough council workshop meeting recommended phasing in a rate increase over the next three years, the borough’s budget plan does not include an increase in water rates.
Assistant borough manager Susan Armstrong said the decision was made not to raise the rate based on the fund balance in the borough’s water fund.
The proposed budget does, however, recommend a 3 percent increase in sewer rates in 2019, which is slightly less than the 3.2 percent recommended by the study. For a household that normally has a $116 per quarter bill, this increase would translate to a quarterly increase of $3.50.
The budget presentation also included a proposal to replace 650 of the short-term (silver) meters downtown with Smart Meters from IPS Group at a cost of $174,440, which would be covered by the parking fund balance.
The new meters would allow credit cards to be used at the meter itself.
The proposal also includes an increase in parking fees from 50 cents per hour to 75 cents per hour. A higher rate of $1.15 per hour has been proposed when using a credit card as compared to the 95 cents per hour that is charged through the Passport Parking app used by the borough.
Parking rates have not been increased since 2006.
The council also discussed adding hiring two police officers to bring the full complement of officers to 33. The conversation, however, was tabled until the Dec. 5 borough council workshop meeting.
A public hearing on the proposed budget has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 13.