Tax rates have stayed the same in Avondale this year, but water and sewer rates are on the rise.Councilmen unanimously voted in favor of the 2008 budget last month.

Water and sewer rates increased by 3 percent, said Avondale Secretary Becky Brownback during a telephone interview.

In 2008 residents will pay $12.78 per 1,000 gallons of sewer, an increase of 36 cents. In 2007 residents paid $12.41 per 1,000 gallons, she said.

Residents will pay 10 cents more for water, $3.70 per 1,000 gallons of water in 2008 up from $3.60 per 1,000 gallons of water in 2007, Brownback said.

The new rate will increase the borough's water revenue from $103,210 in 2007 to $127,999 in 2008.

The borough's trash rate has remained the same at $55 per quarter, Brownback said. Trash pick up includes recycling.

Avondale's total budget and revenue for last year was

$525,675, as of October when the 2008 budget was complied, she said. The 2008 budget is $767,198, which is also the anticipated revenue amount.

Avondale's real estate tax is 4 mills, said Tax Collector Madeline Nicotera. This is the second consecutive year for that rate.

In 2007 residents paid $125,860 in real estate taxes, as of October. As in 2007, $135,000 has been budgeted as revenue from the borough's real estate tax.

Avondale's earned income tax is 0.1 percent, said Avondale Mayor Dottie Howell.

The Borough projected collecting $325,000 in earned income tax for 2008. In 2007 residents paid $269,578 in earned income taxes as of October.

Avondale Borough Council President and Chairman of the Finance Committee Fred Bryan said that there are no new sources of revenue for the borough.

Revenue from borough fines is expected to increase from $13,167 in 2007 to $15,000 to 2008.

The biggest expense is the sewer plant, Bryan said.

"We had to borrow the money to build the plant with, so that has to be paid back," Howell said.

According to Brownback, the sewer plant cost $6 million. The borough began paying $14,409 per month toward a low-interest loan that helped pay for the plant in 2007. The borough will continue to make the same monthly payments in 2008.

Projected maintenance costs for the plant are increasing in 2008 to $17,000 from the $16,715 that was spent in repairs and maintenance in 2007.

"We put money in there for emergencies," Brownback said. "Just to make sure there's enough."

Avondale has also increased the amount it is donating to public safety. Police services funds are increasing from $48,360 in 2007 to $68,000 in 2008.

Donations to the Avondale Fire Co., EMS and EMS Division Fire Co. have increased from 10,000 in 2007 to $12,5000 in 2008.

The budget for road repairs and maintenance has decreased from $34,309 in 2007 to $12,500in 2008.

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