Glen Osborne officials cut property taxes by about 6%
Glen Osborne officials were able to give homeowners a little real estate tax relief this year.
Council recently passed its 2022 budget, maintaining all services and lowering the mileage rate from 5.2 to 4.9 mills, a reduction of 5.8%.
The decrease will save taxpayers about $30 for every $100,000 of estimated property value, said Holly Merriman, councilor and president of finance.
For a home valued at $350,000, the tax savings would be approximately $105.
“The borough is on solid footing financially and we are continually looking for efficiencies,” Merriman said. “In addition to having a balanced budget, we are able to meet unexpected expenses as they arise. Council is always looking for ways to improve safety and livability in the borough.
Projected income and expenses were balanced at $662,272.
Revenues included $359,000 in property taxes, $185,000 in taxes on earned income, $49,500 in real estate transfer taxes, $13,000 in regional district tax distribution of assets, $5,000 in building permits and 3 $500 reimbursement for Quaker Valley School District Patrollers.
Expenditures include approximately $248,000 for public works, including $90,000 for road maintenance, $81,400 for sanitation and $31,500 for snow removal, $185,000 for administration, $127,000 for police, $41,400 for fire protection, $12,600 for borough beautification and $8,000 for code enforcement.
Among the reasons the borough was able to cut taxes is that there are no major capital projects planned, said council chairman Tom Huddleston.
“We are fortunate to complete a number of capital projects, and we are blessed,” Huddleston said. “We run a pretty good borough, so we’ve rewarded the citizens here. We do a very good job managing the limited funds we have.
The borough had spent nearly $500,000 to redesign and install a new stormwater management system and repave Sycamore Road. This project was completed in October.
Huddleston said the borough had to save for several years to complete this major repair project.
He also noted that covid had minimal impact on the borough’s finances and that people had paid their taxes on time last year.
Residents should expect to see community improvements as the months pass.
Authorities are looking to improve pedestrian crossings across the city, as well as repaint faded road lines and add signage.
There will be other plantings around the borough and other beautification efforts.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the council, the mayor and the borough for allowing this to happen,” Huddleston said. “It’s a very well run machine and we all get along well. It is always in the interest of the borough that we manage Glen Osborne.
Along with the budget, council recently approved a new five-year garbage collection contract with Waste Management.
The deal goes through the Quaker Valley Council of Governments. Garbage collection dates do not change.
Collection of hazardous waste, such as paints, is an additional service under the agreement. Residents can make an appointment for pick-up of hard-to-dispose items.
Glen Osborne garbage fees are incorporated into taxes.
A letter was sent to residents by the council chair this month announcing the budget and tax news.
In it, Huddleston encouraged residents to come to council meetings.
They are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Osborne Elementary School.
“This is our community, so let’s come together to make it the best it can be,” the letter read.