The East Greenville council announced Tuesday night that they plan to investigate the possibility of levying property taxes on some of the houses Perkiomen School has acquired on State and Third streets near the school.
In recent years, Perkiomen has bought houses near or adjacent to the campus for faculty housing, a commonplace perk for teachers at a boarding school.
“I think it’s their long-range plan to buy all of the houses that come up for sale [on State Street] down to Third Street and on Third Street,” said Mayor Ryan Sloyer.
“It’s $5,100 a year they would have to pay,” said Councilman Tim Huff. “We should investigate whether the non-profit exemption exists [for the Perkiomen School house properties].”
Huff suggested contacting the school district to combine efforts to determine the eligibility of some of the Perkiomen properties for taxation.
Solicitor Barry Tomlinson said there is a case in Washington County that might be cited in favor of municipalities in taxing non-profits’ real estate holdings.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance that allows the sale of borough trash bags at four locations: Borough Hall, EZ Shoppe, Univest bank and the Subway restaurant next to the Grand movie theater.
Solicitor Tomlinson said that once the new borough code is written, the ordinance could be replaced by a part of the borough code. Tomlinson said the list of sale locations could be changed by a council resolution.
Tomlinson also told the council that Haver Environmental, a company working for DEP, plans to drill shallow test wells in the vicinity of the former Mohr’s garage and gas station.
The wells are supposed to test for groundwater pollution.
Mayor Sloyer said there are no water wells for drinking water inside the Borough of East Greenville.
Council President Joe Pierson said that several council members had investigated the stormwater runoff situation on West Sixth Street near Arlington Street, and that they found that there is a blacktop berm channeling stormwater down Sixth Street.
“The paving job there is really pretty good,” said Pierson.
Mayor Sloyer said that the borough will be seeking a HUD grant to pay for stormwater remediation on Sixth Street.