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Tax increase in borough

December 5, 2014
By PAT CROSSLEY – Sun-Gazette Correspondent , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

DuBOISTOWN – Homeowners in the borough now will pay half a mill more in property taxes following a vote Thursday night by council on the 2015 budget. On a property with an assessed value of $100,000 this translates into an increase of $50 per year.

The budget of $473,661.51 was approved as presented. Noting that several borough departments experienced cuts in order to balance the budget, Council President Michael A. Caschera Jr. stressed that there would not be a loss in services.

“We just cut some of the extra fluff,” he said. “Everyone is going to have to tighten their belts.”

Although this year’s increase is necessary, council decided to take a three-year evaluation approach. Next year the budget will be re-evaluated to see if costs are holding the line or if another increase is needed, according to Caschera.

In conjunction with this, council voted to approve an ordinance to raise taxes from the current rate of 3.5 to 4 mills for the coming year.

Council also voted to approve the borough’s sewer budget and a resolution authorizing a $5 per month rate hike. This would increase sewer rates for residents from $65 to $70 a month.

In other business council:

Approved a bid by Dave Wright, of DuBoistown, to re-metal a salt shed roof at a cost of $2,700. The bid was accepted with the stipulation that the required paperwork be filed by the contractor including start and finish times.

Accepted a bid of $501 for a snowplow from Dean Edwards.

Voted to continue to retain the law firm of McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall as borough solicitors at a rate of $150 per regularly scheduled meeting and $135 per hour for other work.

Voted to continue using the Brinjac Engineering firm, Harrisburg, as borough engineers as needed.

Affirmed the borough’s continuing relationship with Lycoming County Water Sewer Authority.

Announced that the 34th annual Frostbite 5-mile Run and 5-K Walk/Run will be held Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Registration opens at 11 a.m. at the DuBoistown Fire Hall, 2651 Euclid Avenue. Registration fee is $32 and the proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.

Announced that Santa Claus will be at Candy Cane Lane in the borough on December 12, 13, 20, 21 and 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. handing out candy canes.