Ridley Park Borough Council, at its final meeting of the year in December, approved a final 2018 budget of $6,383,923, keeping the tax millage rate at 8.14, or $814 for each $100,000 of assessed property value. The total assessed valuation of the borough for 2018, according to the Delaware County Board of Assessment, is $350,602,113. Council President Bob Berger said the new budget is $175,000 less than 2017.
The sewer fee will be $392 per living unit, an increase of $11 over the current year, while the trash fee for each living unit will go up $14 to $250.
Resident Andy Furman noted there are no funds in the budget for dredging Ridley Park Lake. Berger said the borough sent a letter to Delaware County Council inquiring whether or not there would be any funding from the Marcellus Shale fund created by the state from the natural gas industry.
Furman asked when a decision could be expected. “I would say February or March,” Berger replied.
The Council president said the borough asked for, and received, $125,000 several years ago. This time the request was for $85,000. Furman asked if there is a “plan B,” and Berger said no but taking money from the borough’s capital reserve fund is a possibility.
At Council’s regular meeting on Dec. 19, Mayor Hank Eberle presented a plaque to Berger, who is stepping down from Council on Dec. 31 after serving three terms. He was Council president for the past 10 years.