Ridley Park Council approved a 2018 no-property-tax increase preliminary budget at its November meeting, but did not set fees for sewer or trash services.

The preliminary budget shows estimated expenditures of $6,384,000, but holds the tax rate at 8.14 mills. Council also approved a $300,000 tax anticipation loan. The interest rate is still being negotiated.

Council President Bob Berger noted that the tax anticipation loan is $200,000 less than such loans over the past few years. Such short term loans are routine in municipalities and are needed to meet expenses until tax revenue begins to come in.

The preliminary budget will be available at Borough Hall for inspection by the public until its final adoption at a special meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21.

Council also awarded a two-year contract, with the option of a third year, to J.P. Mascaro & Sons, the low bidder at $810,888. The contract includes trash, recycling and yard waste pick-up.

Councilmember Samantha Snow announced that the second annual Christmas Light Display contest is now underway. Judging will take place Dec. 15-17. The prize for first place is four tickets to the Observation Deck at Liberty One and four tickets to the Constitution Center, both in Philadelphia.

Second and third place winners will receive recycling containers. Any resident wanting to enter the contest should register at Borough Hall before Dec. 5.

Berger reminded residents that the borough blood drive will be from 4 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, at Borough Hall. Anyone wishing to participate can register there or online.

“Giving blood is so important. Please step up Ridley Park,” Berger said.

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