An enlightening initiative blacks out Denver tax hike

By on November 19, 2014

The proposed Denver borough tax increase for 2015 won’t be happening, based on borough council action.

The 3-mill real estate tax, unchanged since 2011, will continue. Homeowners with an assessed valued property of $100,000 will owe $300 tax.

The good news was a result of Denver winning a $227,000 grant to help replace the street light bulbs with LED bulbs. Lighting experts suggested Denver could see up to $50,000 savings per year with the switch.

“This grant money allowed us to take another look at the proposed budget,” said Borough Manager Mike Hession at the Nov. 10 meeting.

Council President Blake Daub and Vice President Mike Gensemer praised Hession’s time and effort in completing the grant application.

“There’s really a lot of work involved,” said Councilman Jason South.

Denver must buy back from PP&L the town’s 344 streetlights and has encountered delays in dealing with the utility. In an effort to move the buy-back plan forward in a timely manner, a meeting including borough and state government officials occurred Nov. 13.

Proposed water and sewer increases of approximately 5 percent are necessary and will remain.

“A resident with average water and sewer usage will pay eight cents more per day,” Hession said.

Hession informed council about plans proposed for an abandoned factory at 119 N. Third St. A developer wants to convert the building into office space and apartments.

ER20141119_CWeaveCorp18The building, owned by the former Weave Corp., consists of a .87 acre lot, with a two-story, 24,823 -square-foot. The lot across the street, with 75 parking spaces, is also .87 acre.

Current owners are Land Holding, LLC. The applicants, Joseph and Mary Ellen Valent, are equitable partners. Along with other variances, they are seeking a variance to use the property, currently zoned industrial, for residential use.

The Zoning Hearing Board will deal with this topic at its Nov. 26 meeting.

No new decisions were made following discussion of the draft Articles of Agreement for the Cocalico Regional Police. Gensemer reminded the group the next Police Board meeting is Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at East Cocalico Township Municipal Building.

Council appointed Weinhold, Nickel and Company as independent auditor to audit the borough’s 2014 financial records.

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