The proposed 2013 budget for the borough of Nazareth -- which includes a half-mill property tax increase -- adds up to $4,230,485.
Nazareth Borough Council agreed to a half-mill boost in 2012, bringing the tax rate to 11.5 mills. If approved, the new property tax rate would be 12.0 mills and would mean a $25 annual increase for the average homeowner ($50,000 assessment).
In addition to the proposed tax increase, the budget includes funding for:
- A $28,000 skid-steer for the Highway Department.
- The lease/purchase of a new sport-utility vehicle for the Nazareth Borough Police Department. The cost is $13,000 for the first year of a three-year lease.
- The hiring of one full-time police officer. The officer's salary would be $20,000, plus $20,000 for benefits.
- A $196,000 workers' compensation policy.
- A $150,000 "volunteer fire loan," to be paid off in 15 years.
- Continued work on a stormwater project on Spring Street. The cost is estimated at $154,000.
- A $2,500 upgrade for the borough's website.
The proposed 2013 budget -- in its entirety -- will be available for public inspection for 10 days beginning Nov. 9 and ending Nov. 21. It can be viewed at Nazareth Borough Hall, 134 S. Main St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.