A budget passed by the North York Borough Council on Monday holds the line on taxes but allows for only part-time borough employees.

During a meeting earlier this month, the council voted to move all full-time employees to a part-time basis, and the $1 million budget reflects that with combined employee salaries totalling $87,367.

There are currently a number of open positions, including that of manager and secretary, and council members have been left to take on added work, said Vivian Amspacher, council president.

"Right now people on council are filling in and answering the phones," she said. "Right now we don't have anyone in those positions."

The borough is in the process of hiring employees, including a secretary who would work three days a week and attend meetings.

Borrowed money: The 2014 budget will keep taxes at 6 mills. That means the owner of a property assessed at $100,000 will have a municipal real estate tax bill of $600 next year.

In order to pass the budget without a tax increase, the council had to borrow $87,338 from the borough sewer fund.

Rick Shank, council vice president, said the borough will reimburse the fund.

"I say borrow because we will pay it back," he said.

As part of the budget, the borough will continue to contract fire services from adjacent York City for $75,000.

However, Shank said the council will have to determine if it will continue to contract services in 2015. Other options include shopping around for a lower price from another department; handing the reins back over to Liberty Fire Co., the borough's fire department; or asking the city for a lower price.

If not, North York could have to make cuts to keep from raising taxes.

Legal costs: Also during the meeting, the council voted to have the borough cover Amspacher's legal bills as part of a lawsuit filed against her and the borough earlier this month.

Five former employees filed suits on Dec. 6, claiming they are owed a combined $779,154 in severance pay.

One suit, filed on behalf of former manager Kevin Hevner, also names Amspacher as a defendant. That suit claims Amspacher told a number of people that Hevner had been stealing money from the borough.

The council voted 5-0 to approve the budget. Council members Mark Tyler and Sandra Hinkle did not attend the meeting.

-- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.