Taxes, tuition escalate

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.)

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:

Federal

• The House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, R-Howard, and Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station.

• The House passed the Verify First Act 238-184. The act blocks illegal aliens from taxpayer-funded health insurance credits. Voting yes were Thompson and Marino.

State

• The House approved by a 138-52 vote a bill allowing boroughs to enact and enforce ordinances to govern and regulate the planning, management, implementation, construction and maintenance of stormwater facilities. State Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, voted yes. State Rep. Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro, voted no.

County

• Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance levying a $5 fee on vehicle registrations starting Oct. 1. The fee will go toward replacing up to 40 structurally deficient municipal bridges with the help of a state match. Voting were Commissioners Rick Mirabito, Jack McKernan and Tony Mussare.

Municipal

• Jersey Shore Borough Council voted 6-0 to hire Mid State Paving for a curb-and-cut project at a cost of $59,335. Voting yes were Sean Simcox, Kenneth Scheesley, Barb Schmouder, Marguerite Dyroff, Denise Hurlbutt and Mike Zellers. Janet Barnhart and Paul Garrett were absent.

• South Williamsport Borough Council voted 9-0 to give $35,000 to a fundraising group focusing on replacing tennis courts at the South Side park. Voting were Henry Frey Jr., Cory Lehman, Robert Cronin, Fred March, Joseph LaRue Jr., John Decker, Carl Nolan, J. Bernard Schelb and David Geise.

• The Loyalsock Township supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a hearing at 7:15 p.m. July 11 for the transfer of a liquor license to the A-1 Stop gas station and convenience store at 1220 River Ave. The license is for beer distribution with no on-site consumption. Voting were Marc Sortman, Virginia Eaton, Rick Wheeland, John Bower Jr. and Paul Nyman.

School District

• The Montoursville Area School Board voted 7-1 to pass the 2017-18 budget that includes a 0.32-mill tax increase. Voting yes were Jennifer Marriott, Karen Wright, Scott Konkle, Ron Snell, Denise Johns, George Hagemeyer, and Robert Logue. Voting no was William Ruffing. William McCleary was absent.

• The Jersey Shore Area School Board voted 6-1 to approve the district’s final 2017-18 budget reflecting a tax increase of 0.2648 mills for Clinton County and 0.5874 mills for Lycoming County. Member Merrill Sweitzer was the only no vote. Voting yes were members Craig Allen, Karen Stover, Christopher Fravel, Denise Smith, David Hines and Kelley Wasson. Members Loren Koch and Mary Thomas were absent.

•The East Lycoming Area School Board voted unanimously to approve a $12,155 amendment to an energy performance contract with McClure Co.

Other

• The James V. Brown Library discussed new developments in marketing during its board meeting. Dana Brigandi, who was promoted to development and marketing manager, gave a presentation on the Libraries Transform campaign with the American Library Association.

• The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board unanimously passed the 2017-18 budget that reflects the lowest percentage increase for tuition in the college’s history. For in-state students, tuition and fees in 2017-18 will be $545 per credit hour, an increase of $9 per credit. A full-time in state student enrolled for the typical two 15-credit semesters in 2017-18 will pay $16,350 in tuition and fees, an increase of $390. For out-of-state students, the increase per credit will be $13, which brings it to $776 per credit hour. The full time typically enrolled out-of-state student will have $23,280 in tuition and fees, an increase of $390.

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