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The 2013 budget approved by Barrington Borough Council this week calls for a tax increase that amounts to $79.50 for the year for the owner of a home assessed at the borough average of $220,000. The increase falls below the maximum allowable tax increase as dictated by the state.
“This year, we’ve had numerous commercial tax appeals which brought the monetary value of the town down,” he said.
“There wasn’t any fat to trim,” Popiolek noted in explaining the tax increase.
The budget calls for $5.05 million to be raised through taxes along with $1.8 million in additional funds to be raised via miscellaneous means, delinquent taxes and surplus as part of the $6.86 million spending plan.
Among the largest line items in the budget:
Borough council already is looking at restructuring measures it can undertake in the near future to help reduce further increases in 2014, Popiolek said.