ZELIENOPLE — Borough council is considering a slight increase in the property tax rate to provide more money for its fire department and its library.
Council President Charles Underwood proposed Monday night that council look at restoring the fire department to 3 mills and the library to .5 mills, the rates before the tax assessment formula changed several years ago.
The proposed total increase would be .75 mills, .64 mills would go to the fire department and .11 mills would go to the library.
One mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of assessed tax valuation.
“I think the library could use the money. And, I think the fire department could use the money,” said Underwood.
The borough’s current tax rate is 4.56 mills of which 1.81 mills goes to the general operating budget, 2.36 mills to the fire department and .39 mills to the library.
Council voted Monday night to advertise its tax rate ordinance at the current rate, but could amend it if council voted for the millage increase when it approves its final 2013 budget.
Councilman Drew Mathew said he would support the increases for the library and fire department.
Council will consider the increase in its budget deliberations at its Dec. 10 meeting.