The Marysville Borough Council will maintain the level of taxation in its 2022 budget, as it did in 2020, meaning it will not raise additional revenue even as it prepares for stormwater drainage projects in the coming years.
Estate tax rates will remain at a total of 2.5 mills, divided into 1.9813 general fund mills, 0.2687 street lighting mills and 0.25 fire tax mills, according to the municipality. This is equivalent to a $250 bill on a property appraised at $100,000.
According to the borough, the general fund’s revenues and expenses are balanced at $1.24 million. This is about $10,000 less than the 2021 budget.
Marysville is a growing town. Over the past several years, dozens of homes added in Rockville Estates have strengthened the tax base, allowing the town to keep its finances relatively stable. The increased development and runoff of the town requires it to meet new regulations, known as MS4, to reduce pollution for the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.
In conjunction with next year’s budget, the town is considering making changes to its attorney and engineer. It has solicited proposals from legal and engineering firms and is expected to make a decision on the new professional services firms at the January 10 meeting. Lawyers and engineering firms under consideration were invited to make presentations at the meeting.
Marysville studies at least four engineering firms: ARRO of Lancaster, CS Davidson of York, Herbert Rowland & Grubic (HRG) of Harrisburg, and Pennoni Associates. Benoni, with Mechanicsburg offices, is the current borough architect. Marysville can engage two companies in the new year to deal separately with MS4 regulations and projects. These will be subject to a new MS4 authority, which is being formed.
Longtime councilor Stephen Cobb announced his resignation effective January 1. Cope won the election to become the next mayor of Marysville and would take the oath of office at the January 3 reorganization meeting.
David Magee, Lee Ann Urban, and Brian Webster will be sworn in for new terms in the House at that time. So does John Edkin, who owns Edkin Towing and its associated salvage business. Edkin has been a member of the council in the past.
The council seeks to designate interested residents to fill the unending Copp term until the next municipal election in 2023. Those interested must be registered voters and have lived in the town for at least one year. They can send letters of interest to the town at 200 Overcrest Road, Marysville 17053, or by email to email@example.com.
The Board appointed Stephanie Stoner to a four-year term on the Planning Committee, ending December 31, 2025. The Planning Committee reviews subdivision and development plans to make recommendations to the Board for action.
It also reappointed Bernie Coon, Dan Boyer, and Ron Kelly to the zoning board with an expiration date of December 31, 2026. The zoning boards review zoning decisions, challenges, and disputes based on need. It serves as a quasi-judicial appellate board for zoning issues.
The Board approved the use of a new payroll and hourly system through Paychex. The digital system allows employees to check in and out using an app on their smartphone, as well as schedule vacation, said town manager Zach Border.
The system gives employees access to their W2 forms, as well as the ability to track computer time, which is important for police officers and others who may have to be in court or other approved events.
The system will cost $128 per month plus a $300 setup fee for the Flextime system. The borough payroll will cost $58.50 per biweekly pay period and $1.88 per employee. However, Border and others on the board said the system could save money and time in managing staffing issues.
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