Muncy Council mulls fire tax

MUNCY – Borough council Tuesday night once again mulled the possibility of assessing a fire tax on property owners.

If approved, the proposed 2-mill tax would not go into effect until next year.

Still, the issue has been a topic of discussion at recent meetings.

Councilwoman Elaine McAleer said the tax would hit homeowners with higher assessed properties harder than those with lower assessed properties.

For example, a homeowner with a home having an assessed value of $200,000 would pay $200 per year. By comparison, someone with a home assessed at $100,000 would face a $100 annual tax.

She said she fears many citizens may oppose the tax for that very reason.

Fire Chief Scott Delaney said another way of considering the issue would be that the person with the higher assessed property has more to lose should a fire occur at his or her home.

In other matters, council set zoning hearing costs at $300, an increase of $50. The costs would include for advertising and a stenographer.

Council approved spending $300 for lockers in the police department and $200 to replace a window.

Council took action on a number of personnel matters, including:

Appointing Selinda Kennedy and John Whitaker to the zoning hearing board and re-appointing to the same board E.J. Rymsza and Marcus Myers. One seat on the board remains to be filled.

Appointing Lisa Henning to the Civil Service Commission. She replaces Galen Betzer, who resigned.

It was reported that the police department had one of its busiest months in January with a total of 77 calls. They included a number of thefts, burglaries and three drug arrests.

“We have more arrests pending than I think I’ve ever seen,” said Police Chief Jim Dorman.

Council voted to advertise the borough yard sale, to be held May 3.