Property owners in Hellertown will be paying more in real estate taxes in 2019 if a preliminary budget approved by a 5-1 borough council vote Monday night is adopted.
The $4 million-plus preliminary budget calls for a .75 mill property tax increase, which would result in a general purpose millage rate of 20 mills. The borough’s fire tax–which is 1.5 mills–means the combined new millage rate would be 21.5 mills.
One mill equals $100 in taxes on a house assessed at $100,000, so the .75 mill increase will equal a $75 property tax increase–and a total borough real estate tax bill of $2,150 including the fire tax–for someone whose property is assessed at that amount.
Councilman James Hill voted against the proposed tax increase.
In addition to the tax increase, the preliminary borough budget for 2019 includes an across-the-board $10 increase in the sanitation fees residents pay.
Council president Tom Rieger said the draft budget will be posted on the borough website and will be available for inspection at Hellertown Borough Hall, 685 Main Street. Borough offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The next Hellertown Borough Council meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.