A prepared statement was read by Councilor Rhoads at Monday night’s Pottstown Borough Council meeting outlining why he can not support any tax increase for Pottstown Borough property owners.
“We all know our staff has been working hard on the budget, and have done a good job. I keep hearing there are a lot of positive things happening in Pottstown. A tax hike whether $10 or $100 is not one of them, especially when it involves a 2% raise for management*.
Apparently there are some who are happy about giving out tax dollars away for raises, when in fact a good portion of the taxpayers:
- Are jobless
- Can’t find work
- Had their pay and hours cut
- Are on a fixed income
- Are losing or lost their house to Sheriff Sale
- Cannot pay their bills
- Cannot afford health insurance
Well, I’m not happy about it.”
End of prepared statement.
*The 2% increase is for staff not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. This amounts to $25,145.53.
Councilor Rhoads suggested to President Toroney (via email) that the $5,335.61 allotted to the General Fund for raises in 2012 should be removed from the budget.
In an email response to Councilor Rhoads, President Toroney stated “Management salary is an easy target for cuts, while union workers get their increase for next year, making the disparity between rank and file and management even closer, that, management will soon be making less than rank and file. Freezes need to be across the board for fairness which I would support.”
This year’s budget will include a 1.68% property tax increase, which translates into a $14.35 per year increase for a home assessed at $85,000.