No tax increase in Denver Borough’s draft budget

By on November 6, 2013

By:

ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent

, Staff Writer

Denver Council members on Oct. 28 had their first look at the proposed 2014 budget with good news for residents – no real estate, water or sewer tax increases.

Proposed 2014 expenditures total $2.54 million which is $138,615 less than anticipated 2013 expenditures of $2.66 million.

Highlights include lower police costs with East Cocalico Township for 2014. The cost of $462,815 is a little over 10 percent reduction from 2013.

Projected budget allocations include $12,240 for the Adamstown Area Library and $85,000 for the Denver Fire Company.

"The fire company is looking for a constant number upon which they can count on from year to year," said Councilman Mike Gensemer. "That’s what the study (done by V. F.I.S., a division of Glatfelter Insurance in York) said was needed."

In 2013 Denver Fire Company received $28,000 toward operating expenses and no money for their capital account.

Council proposed that $57,000 go into the fire company’s capital account and $28,000 be designated for operating expenses.

Results from the professional study of the fire company recommended $70,000 be placed in a capital account annually and additional money be designated for operating expenses.

Also in the budget is $48,000, which Denver annually pays East Cocalico Township for the borough’s share of costs for the 1975 N. Reading Road property, purchased for a recreation site. That idea was abandoned when the poor economy made funding unfeasible. It is owned by Adamstown, Denver, East Cocalico Township and West Cocalico Township.

Currently the building is rented to B.C. Chicken until March 2014. After March, rental will be on a month-to-month basis, as sale of the site is considered. East Cocalico Township supervisors manage the property.

The building on the N. Reading Road site is deteriorating and Denver Council has favored selling it for a long time, realizing that the sale most likely will result in a loss of money. Council previously called the annual $48,000 payment "a drain on the budget."

In other business, George Whetsel, Director of Public Works, explained the functions of the electric valve actuators for the filter plant which were budgeted for purchase this year. Total cost approved was just over $13,000.

"We are replacing the original 1938 valve," said Whetsel. "The company representative from the Philadelphia area took a picture of our valve because he had never seen one like it before. It is made out of cast iron."

"Guess you could say we got our money’s worth out of it," said Council President Walter Fink.

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