Macungie Passes Revised 2012 Budget

The borough's new millage rate is 8.95.

Macungie Council passed a second annual budget for 2012 at its meeting on Feb. 6.

The $3.4 million budget calls for a tax increase of 1.45 mils for a total borough millage of 8.4.

For residents whose homes are assessed at the borough average of $67,000, the proposed 1.45-mil increase would mean an annual tax bill of  $562.80, an increase of $97.16 over taxes paid in 2011.

The budget restores some, but not all, of what Borough Manager Chris Boehm called "quality of life in the borough."

It will restore:

  • Both the administrative assistant and building coordinator’s positions to full-time with benefits.
  • The $1,500 contribution to the Lower Lehigh Lions for the Halloween parade.
  • The $3,000 to the Macungie Youth Association.
  • The $500 for special event decorations.

It will not restore:

  • The sixth police officer position, but would increase the part-time police officer wages by $7,359 for a total of $51,359 to be used to hire part-time officers to fill any gaps in coverage.
  • The $300 to cover the cost of holiday lighting, which is expected to be covered by donations.

After a lengthy executive session to discuss personnel, council voted unanimously to hire Jordan Sonka of Allentown and Michaell Salvo Jr. of Conshohocken as part-time police officers who will be paid an hourly rate of $16.37.

Council also unanimously passed a motion to put out a Request for Proposal for a new solicitor. The position is currently held by Attorney Timothy Sigfried, who has held the position for more than 20 years.

Kelly February 07, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I'm sure that 6th officer doesn't considered his quality if life restored. He was hired 6 mos ago with benefits and now he is going to work the hours with no benefits. Not sure how this council can approve that morally or ethically. Actually wonder how our mayor would react if he lost his benefits in this way........oh right he would sue.
Kasia Slodkowska February 08, 2012 at 07:46 PM
:) yep


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