City residents have been taxed to the hilt and need help from the state to help fix Reading’s financial woes, council members said at a finance, audit and budget committee meeting Monday.
A passionate discussion about the state of the city developed during the meeting, spurred by talk of a proposal to start charging residents for streetlights.
The administration has floated the idea of charging residents for streetlights that provide light to their properties. Carole B. Snyder, managing director, earlier presented the proposal to council, saying it would free money to pave streets.
The city currently uses money from the state liquid-fuels fund to help pay for electricity for streetlights.