Glen Rock borough property owners will likely be paying more taxes in 2013.
The council recently adopted a tentative budget that increases taxes by 0.6 mils, which takes the tax rate from 2.95 to 3.55 mils. The hike means taxes on a property assessed at $100,000 will increase by $60, from $295 to $355.
The budget shows $786,847 in income and expenditures. A portion of the increase, 0.1 mil, is a fire tax that is expected to generate $10,950 for fire and ambulance services.
The remaining 0.5-mil increase is needed for borough expenses, including higher costs for police services. That cost that is expected to increase from $235,000 to $242,000 next year, or 42 percent of the borough's discretionary budget, according to council president Richard Shiles.
Council has discussed ending its contract for Southern Regional Police protection and going with state police coverage. Council members Doug Young, Rollin Apgar, Lucy Cadwallader and Shiles all voted to continue with regional police and raise taxes.
"At the end of the day, I realize that getting rid of the police is not an option. I think that would be the final nail in our coffin," Apgar said.
Ben Wetzel, Carlene Warner and Eugene Delahanty voted against keeping regional police coverage and raising taxes.
"If you make your town look better, you are going to have better clientele move into town, and crime and the need for police would go down," Wetzel said.
Southern Regional Police Chief James Boddington said the borough has accounted 1,819 hours of service from his department, and he expects the number to reach 2,425 hours by the end of the year.
The income side of the overall budget shows anticipated revenue of $376,238 in real estate taxes and another $231,700 in other taxes such as per capita and earned income taxes.
Other income includes: cable television fee, $18,000; fines and forfeits, $8,500; intergovernmental revenue, $2,250; charges for services, $14,450; and public safety, $38,000.
In addition to police services, other expenditures include: solicitor, $24,000; engineering, $38,500; general government, $213,871; planning and zoning, $1,200; highways, $21,000; snow removal, $16,000; street maintenance, $80,815; recreation, park repairs and maintenance, $39,550; Neuhaus Building, $14,800 and senior center donation, $500.
The council is expected to adopt the final budget when it meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 19.
This story was corrected from an earlier version.