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Fox Chase opts to keep tax rates same due to economy

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By The Staff

FOX CHASE -- Realizing the tough economic times, members of the Fox Chase City Council elected to keep the property tax rates the same for this year.

Allowed to increase its real property tax rate as high as 13.99 cents per $100 of assessed value, the council voted to keep the rate at 13.90 cents, which is the same as the previous year.

Even with the same rate, the city could generate an additional $3,000 for the year.

Property owners who pay by May 15, 2009, would be eligible for a 2 percent discount. Bills not paid by June 30, 2009, would be delinquent and subject to a 10 percent penalty.

The council also opted to keep the public service utility tax at 13.90 cents and the personal property rate at 17.45 cents per $100 of assessed value on vehicles and boats.

In other business:

*After a few false starts and some disappointment with the status of its website, residents of Fox Chase now have a place to go to seek information about what’s happening.

The Fox Chase City Council learned that www.cityoffoxchase.net was now in operation.

The site has current information, minutes from previous meetings and an agenda for the upcoming meetings.

The question posed in March was whether all city ordinances should be placed on-line.

Councilman Phillip Woodruff said he didn’t think all the past ordinances needed to be on-line.

City attorney Mark Edison said it might be best to put ordinances on-line that require residents to do something, such as maintaining their property.

*The city’s annual junk day will be on Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m. until Noon.

A dumpster will be set up on that day at the end of Sussex Drive.

Non-hazardous materials will be accepted. It is open only to city residents.

The rain date would be April 18.

The next meeting of the Fox Chase City Council will be on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at Becknell Hall. The public is invited to attend.