Greencastle Borough Council OKs 2022 budget without raising taxes

Shawn Hardy
Echo Pilot

Property owners in the Borough of Greencastle will continue to pay a 15-mill real estate tax under the 2022 budget approved by borough council on Dec. 6. This is the fourth year in a row taxes have not been raised.

The borough's general fund budget for next year shows a slight surplus, with $2,318,576.27 in revenues and $2,318,021.72 in expenses.

Property owners in the Borough of Greencastle will continue to pay a 15-mill real estate tax under the 2022 budget approved by borough council on Dec. 6.

Real estate taxes are expected to generate $635,000 and other taxes, such as earned income, local services and real estate transfer, bring in an additional $775,000.

The budget also includes $352,900 in grant funding. Community Development Block Grant funds earmarked for Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant ramps on North and South Ridge Avenue, Grant and Franklin streets and Elm Lane and reconstruction of South Jefferson Street from West Baltimore to Franklin Street.

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"Staff has worked hard to secure CDBG funding for capital projects that allow for infrastructure improvements without the need for tax increases," according to Borough Manager Emilee Little.

COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act funds will be used to support paid personnel for the Rescue Hose Co., $90,000, and stormwater construction, approximately $60,000.

Major expenditures include police, $898,105.69; public works, $316,953.62; and administration, tax collection and zoning, $249,006.41.

Shawn Hardy is a reporter with Gannett's Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania — the Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro and the Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has more than 35 years of journalism experience. Reach her at shardy@gannett.com