The Emmaus Borough Council unanimously voted to pass the first reading of the 2019 budget at the Dec. 3 meeting, which will include a 13 percent tax increase.
The new $16.6 million budget will include a property tax millage rise from 4.874 mills to 5.6654 mills. A mill is a $1 tax on every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. With this 0.79 mills increase, homeowners with property assessed at the borough’s average of $161,100 will be paying an extra $127 for this year.
At the Dec. 3 Macungie Borough Council meeting, council approved the 2019 budget with five ayes and one nay. Revenues for 2019 are $2,670,459 with expenditures of $2,860,769. There will be no water or sewer rate increases. The current real estate tax rate is .000425 or 4.25 mills.
The sewer budget is $41,390,494 with expenditures of $1,594,390. The liquid fuels revenue is $85,407 and expenditures are budgeted at $65,884. The water fund budgeted revenues are $852,650 with expenditures of $1,023,710.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the 1803 House in Emmaus, but you can’t credit Santa Claus or his elves for that.
Instead thank the Emmaus Garden Club, whose members spent a couple of hours Nov. 29 with their clippers creating windowsill arrangements for the historic home.
“We enjoy getting together and doing something such as this,” Faye Schuler, president of the garden club, said. “It’s something we take seriously.”
Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, will present “Oliver Twist” Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at Living Hope Presbyterian Church, Lower Macungie Township.
The play, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, was adapted by Joellen Bland.
Oliver Twist, born in a parish workhouse, spends the first nine years of his life in the care of Mrs. Mann before Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, puts him to work picking and weaving oakum.