A copy of Youngsville Borough's preliminary budget provided to the Times Observer shows some actual figures for a proposed recreational tax.
The tax, discussed during a recent borough council budget work session, would levy a flat tax on each of the borough's 817 property parcels.
According to proposed budget figures, the tax would generate $98,040 in additional recreation revenue.
The figure represents a yearly cost per property parcel of $120, or $10 per month.
The revenue is proposed to be in addition to existing projected recreation revenue totaling $34,200. Current revenue includes income from daily admissions and season passes at the Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool, concessions sales, Learn to Swim Program earnings, appropriations and donations from neighboring communities that use the pool, sponsorships at borough ballfields and recreational facilities rentals.
Combined, the two revenue sources would provide a projected $132,240 to support recreational activities, facilities and improvements.
Projected recreational and civic expenditures, including both expenditures at the pool and ballfields and community events and decorations, total $90,057 in 2013. The figure represents a projected shortfall of $55,857 for recreational expenditures if no recreation tax is enacted.
With the additional revenue from the tax, the borough stands to collect $42,183 more than projected costs for recreational and civic activities.
The additional revenue is proposed to be set aside as capital reserve funding for improvements and emergency funds at borough recreation facilities. The funds could be used in conjunction with fundraising conducted by the Friends of the Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool to provide for capital projects and local recreation-related local grant matching funds.