The law of gravity doesn't apply to municipal property taxes. What goes up rarely, if ever, comes down.

But at least one York County town is lowering its tax rate for 2014, as Loganville Borough recently approved a millage decrease from 2 mills to 1.95 mills.

That means the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 will save $5 next year -- one solemn-faced Abraham Lincoln for those who still trade in cash.

It's not a lot of money, but borough council president Ronald Tombesi said the decrease is a matter of principle.

Several years ago, the borough council increased the tax rate to 2 mills so it could pay for its portion of expenses related to the construction of "Road C," a bypass to Interstate 83 built so all the traffic from a new residential development didn't pass right through town, he said.

Now that the borough is finished making the payments on that debt, which cost about $87,000 per year from the borough's $560,000 budget, "we're putting that money back in the taxpayer's pocket," he said.

The budget was adopted earlier this month, but officials haven't heard any praise from members of its 1,200-resident town, Tombesi said.

People might notice when they get their tax bills, he said.

Saving money: Tombesi said he realizes government might not work like this everywhere, but he believes the tax rate should be lowered if the reason for the initial increase is no longer in play.

"Everyone is so used to things just going up," he said.


Loganville officials save money everywhere they can, he said, and they don't buy things they don't need. The borough has no full-time employees, so it saves money on insurance and benefits.

There's a zoning officer who's paid through the permits he writes, Tombesi said, and officials do what they can to avoid pushing costs onto taxpayers.

"I physically do work for the borough every day," he said. "Basically for free."

Tombesi is paid $109 per quarter, about $33 per month.

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