Evans City taxes held steady in 2019 budget
Caleb HarshbergerEagle Staff Writer
EVANS CITY — Residents will not see a tax increase next year as the borough begins to look into coordinating revitalization efforts in the borough.
Council members approved their 2019 budget with expenses at $874,593. The property tax rate will remain at 25 mills.
“The budget is balanced,” council president Lee Dyer said Monday. “There doesn't appear to be the need for a tax increase at this point.”
The budget includes a “small contingency fund” for Main Street of around $12,000, as the town begins to work to revitalize, Dyer said.
Additionally, the council hopes to fill a newly formed committee to coordinate efforts to improve and revitalize Evans City.
The town is particularly in need of those with grant writing experience.
Dyer said other groups and businesses are expected to contribute in these efforts as well, with donations already being discussed with service groups in town.
Council also approved a $5,000 donation to the fire department to help pay for new radios.
The new radios will cost around $100,000 and must be replaced due in large part to recent directives by the Federal Communications Commission, which has required departments throughout the county to upgrade their radio equipment, said department President Aaron Walker.
Butler County is paying 75 percent of that, leaving the department with a little more than $22,000 to pay for the required upgrades. The yearly budget for the department is around $80,000 for this year, Walker said.
Dyer suggested the borough make a $5,000 donation to the department and review that donation in the second quarter of next year to see if more could be given, depending on where the town is financially.
“We appreciate you more than you know,” he said.
The council also approved a $200 earned income tax credit for volunteer firefighters.