DuBoistown passes no tax hike budget

DuBoistown Borough Council Thursday night passed a 2014 budget that maintains a 3.93 millage on real estate taxes.

The $456,052 spending plan reflects an increase of $17,000 above this year’s budget.

DuBoistown has not seen a tax increase since 2008, according to borough officials.

The vote to passe the budget was 6-0.

Voting in favor were Michael Wall, Michael Rodgers, James Barger, Michael Caschera, Norman Cowden, and Jennie Miller. John McCormick was absent.

Public safety costs are projected to increase from $123,586 this year to $128,752 in 2014.

Those increases include total wages for police officers from $39,844 to $43,680, according to budget figures.

The police chief’s salary was raised from $44,348 to $45,235.

General government buildings and plant operations are to go up from $27,200 to $30,800.

Employee benefits are budgeted for next year at $71,797, about $1,500 more than in 2013.

In other matters, it was reported that the borough recently finished its leaves pickup.

It also was announced that Santa Claus is scheduled to be at Candy Cane Lane the evenings of Dec. 13, 14, 21, 22 and 24.

The annual Frostbite Run is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.