READING., Pa. – Reading City Council on Monday conducted a budget evidentiary hearing to allow the administration and the public the chance to comment on the proposed 2024 general fund budget.

Earlier this month, the administration unveiled a $109,216,213 spending plan that proposes to hold the line on taxes.

Although no members of the public commented on the proposed budget, Mayor Eddie Moran did present his annual budget address, as required by the city’s charter.

Moran said the budget builds upon work already being done to chart a new course for the building of a better Reading.

Moran said there is healthy revenue for the city because of strong collection rates across all major revenues, including the real estate transfer tax, the earned income tax and the sewer transfer tax.

“This revenue will enable us to implement this ambitious budget plan, to say the least,” Moran said. “Let me also acknowledge that the proposed 2024 budget leaves tax rates unchanged from that of 2023, meaning no tax increase.”

Property owners currently pay 18.12 mills, or $18.12 for each $1,000 of assessed property values.

“The city is in a strong financial position, with nearly $40 million in unassigned fund balance services, far exceeding the policy adopted under Act 47 to maintain at least $22 million or 20% of the general fund held in reserve,” Moran said. “The city has not incurred any additional debt, nor do we anticipate the need for borrowing in the near future.”

Moran added that in the last year, the capital projects office has completed over 25 restoration and rehabilitation projects for facilities, parks, playgrounds and monuments.

“Please make no mistake, we have many more projects in varying stages of development currently and we remain committed to completing them,” he acknowledged.

“My administration is focused on delivering results based on an ambitious agenda that guides us as we chart a new future for Reading,” Moran said.

“It is important that we seek new and innovative ways to address both lingering and new challenges that are presented to us on a daily basis,” Moran said. “Overall, we are in a very good, stable financial position wrapping up 2023 and going into 2024.”

“Although only a year since we came out of ACT 47, it seems that we have learned the necessary lessons and are continuing the path to delivering quality city services in a financially efficient manner,” Moran said.

“Together, we will continue to achieve great things in the city, already producing tangible results for our residents and building this better Reading together,” he concluded.

Councilwoman Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz called the public works and the capital budgets “extraordinary.”

“I’m hoping that the citizens are able to recognize the amount of work that’s being done, how we’re really again taking on issues that have been left go for years, including things that are complicated,” Goodman-Hinnershitz said.

“(Projects involving) Our parks and the playgrounds have just been extraordinary, so I really look forward and celebrate as these projects continue to come to completion,” the councilwoman said. “Hopefully, to have people be using our parks and our playgrounds or our public facilities in a greater way and that, as council moves forward, they can continue to promote public use.”

Council will continue to hold budget workshops over the next two months, with an anticipated final adoption date for the budget on or before Dec. 15.

If you live in southeast Reading, I invite you to a community forum this Tuesday, March 28th at 5:30pm at Amanda Stout Elementary. I’m proposing the creation of 180 parking spaces along Cotton St, but I want to hear from you.
Please share with all your friends and family that live in that area.
Si vives en el sureste de la ciudad, te invito a una audiencia comunitaria este martes 28 de marzo a las 5:30 en la escuela primaria Amanda Stout. Estoy proponiendo la creación de 180 espacios de estacionamiento a lo largo de la calle Cotton, pero quiero saber de que usted, el residente y/o negociante, piensa.
Por favor, comparte con todos tus familiares y amigos y que viven en esa zona.

As a neighbor and a friend to the West Reading community, I would like to extend my gratitude to all the individuals, non-profits organizations, companies, and elected officials that have reached out to support and ask how they can help rally around the WR community.

Governor Josh Shapiro was there today to extend support and offer assistance on behalf of the Commonwealth.
West Reading Mayor Samantha Kaag’s leadership and commitment to her community and during this challenging time is admirable.
Many local elected officials, including myself, stand with you and continue to make themselves available to help you navigate this tragedy and recover.
I’m going to respectfully ask that everyone continue to pray for those affected, directly or indirectly, by yesterday’s incident.
We are each others neighbors and we are in this together.


Mayor Eddie Moran has announced his intent to run for reelection.

He will enter the May primary on the Democratic ticket.

Moran kicked off his campaign Tuesday with a reception at the former Wells Fargo building, 600 Penn St.

Eddie Moran
Eddie Moran

“Reading is a special place for me,” he said. “From the moment I wake up in the morning until my head hits the pillow at night, I am thinking about our city and its 95,112 residents. I’m thinking about the residents. I’m thinking about my city employees. And I’m thinking about the bright future ahead.”

The city’s workforce delivers the very best in public service, he said.

Thanks to the city’s staff, he said, Reading was able to exit the state program for financially distressed cities last year after nearly 13 years.

“It was done with the hard work of our entire administration,” Moran said. “Not only was it done on time and with bold timing and sacrifices, but with a nod toward a brighter future.”

In his three years in office, he said, the city has not had any tax increases, has been able to fully fund three employee pension plans, create a financial surplus and improve the city’s credit rating.

Moran said he is helping to lead the effort to bring passenger rail service back to the city.

The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority, a joint effort by Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties, formed last year to develop a proposal to restore passenger rail service between Reading and Philadelphia.

“We’re closer than ever,” Moran said, noting he has been asked to participate on the authority. “I promise you, I will not give up until I see that come to fruition.”

Elected in November 2019, Moran began serving a four-term in January 2020.

He is Reading’s 84th and first Latino mayor. He also is the first Latino to be elected mayor in a Pennsylvania municipality with more than 85,000 residents.

Moran previously served on the Reading School Board for six years and was board vice president.

Born in Puerto Rico, he grew up in New York and moved to Reading 15 years ago.

Meet the candidate

Candidate: Eddie Moran, 57, Reading.

Position sought: Reading mayor.

Background:  Moran was elected in November 2019 and began serving a four-term in January 2020.  He previously served on the Reading School Board for six years.

Term: Moran seeks reelection for a four-year term.

Compensation: The city mayor will be paid an annual salary of  $90,750 beginning in January.

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