Denver Borough Passes 2018 Budget

By on December 13, 2017

Denver Borough Council on Monday, Dec. 11 unanimously adopted its $3,664,065 budget for 2018. Christopher Flory conducted the meeting in the absence of President Blake Daub. Also absent was Jason South.

There is no tax increase for 2018. Final county reassessment numbers for 2018 haven’t arrived. “Before the reassessment, the average house value in Denver was $135,000 and the average tax was roughly $425,” said Mike Hession, borough manager.

Council passed a water rate ordinance which begins the first quarter of 2018. Property owners serviced by the water system will pay a water service connection minimum fee of $22.50 per quarter. This entitles the consumer to use 3,000 gallons of water per quarter. All water consumed in excess of 3,000 gallons per quarter will be billed at the new rate of $7.50 per 1,000 gallons or fraction thereof. This year’s rate was $6.00 per thousand gallons.

Also passed was an ordinance extending the time allowed to park on the 300 block of Main Street from two to three hours. The ordinance creates two additional handicapped parking spaces on the 300 block of Main Street, one on each side of the street.

From 2-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, the borough hosts its second community blood drive. Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, all donors will receive some freebies, including 2 free admission vouchers to the PA Auto Show. A form of ID is required to donate. For questions or more information, call 1-800-771-0059.

In other business:

  • Council approved an ordinance reducing the borough’s millage rate from 3.15 mills to 2.527 mills. This keeps the borough’s real estate tax revenue for this first year after the reassessment the same as last year’s.
  • Council approved the annual ordinance designating the intention to use 0.3585 mills of the borough’s general real estate tax revenues for an allocation to the Denver Fire Company. The borough has adopted a similar resolution each year since 2013 to mark their commitment to the fire company. The fire company saves three-fourths of this $85,000 budgeted annual allocation to purchase major, new equipment. The borough no longer contributes any additional monies when new equipment, such as a truck, is needed.
  • Denver Borough was notified that it was awarded an $8,850.00, 2018 DCNR TreeVitalize Urban Riparian Buffer Grant. A total of 68 trees will be planted in 2018 in the designated riparian buffer easement adjacent to Cocalico Creek. This project is one of Denver’s required projects to meet the new Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan. The borough has been successful in receiving funding for three of their required projects. This reduces the financial impact on residents to meet the MS4 mandates.
  • Council appointed Mike Hession to serve as the municipal representative and Carolyn Hildebrand, West Cocalico Township manager, to serve as alternate for the municipalities in the Cocalico School District on the Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau for 2018.


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