EVANS CITY — Borough taxpayers will see a 3-mill tax increase this year. Borough council on Dec. 27 approved the $853,000 2013 budget, which includes the first tax increase in more than a decade. Councilman Karl Kennedy voted against the budget because he does not favor a tax increase. The move raises the property tax rate from 19.88 mills to 22.88 mills. One of the three mills will go to the volunteer fire department. A mill in Evans City brings in about $10,000. Council vice president Lee Dyer said on Monday that borough employees will receive a raise of up to 3.5 percent this year, based on performance evaluations. A contingency fund for the new budget was decreased from the $69,000 in the tentative budget to $37,000 in the final budget to pay for other expenses such as insurance and workers’ compensation costs. Dyer said insurance costs have risen 11 percent over last year, which accounts for a significant increase in expenses. Dyer also said council members have met several times with board members from the EDCO Park Authority, and he expects the swimming pool to open on time this year.