Wellsboro council adopts $2.9 million budget

WELLSBORO — Wellsboro Borough Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a $2.95 million budget with no tax increase.

Council also approved budgets of $853,359 for water and $655,757 for sewer that also involve no rate hikes for water, sewer or garbage rates.

In addition, council approved an ordinance to establish the real estate tax for 2018 at 6.33 mills, which is the same rate as the 2017 millage.

The council also reported that it brought in $86,620 in gas impact fees for 2016.

In other news, the long-time borough manager, Daniel Strausser, is retiring.

Strausser listed some of the milestones accomplished under his supervision, including:

• Creation of a new water filter plant;

• Construction of new borough and police offices;

• The purchase of upgraded vehicles for the department of public works and the police department;

• Replacement of eight bridges;

• Completion of street improvements worth more than $1 million, including the replacement of thousands of feet of storm drains; and the

• Completion of a joint comprehensive plan and a parking study.

Strausser noted that Wellsboro had secured $3.5 million in gas leases for water and sewer, $600,000 in gas royalties for water and sewer improvements and $1.6 million in overall grants to the borough, while reducing the borough’s debt by $1.75 million.

Scott Boyce Jr. is the new borough manager.