No-tax-increase budget adopted by Montoursville

Montoursville Borough Council adopted a $2.3 million 2019 general fund budget Wednesday, with no real estate tax increase.

The spending plan includes budgets for water of about $1.1 million and highway aid of $253,900, according to Ginny Gardner, borough secretary.

The tax rate is 4 mills, which means the average household with a property assessed at $100,000 would pay $400 a year in taxes. The borough increased millage in 2018 by 0.7 mills, said Eric Greenway, borough council president.

The budget includes a 2.5 percent salary increase for the union workers, or 15 staff. The police department is a separate budget, said Mark Tillson, borough councilman.

The wage increase for workers was included in the budget, Tillson said.

This year, the 0.7 mills brough in $180,000 in the budget, according to the November borough minutes. The borough had $75,000 in a special reserve account for stormwater management issues, the documents revealed.

Voting for the budget were Eric Greenway, council president, and council members Ted Haines, Tina Kline, Chris Lucas, Mark Tillson and Robert Brown.

In other news, council:

• Heard about a preview of the police department preparing to judge holiday lights at residences throughout the borough.

• Welcomed Cliff Hoffman, as the new water and streets supervisor.

• Set the 2019 council meeting dates.

• Approved a third payment on the 2018 community development block grant curb ramp project. Two more payments are needed.

• Agreed to buy a copier for about $4,900.

The next meeting of council will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at the municipal building on Loyalsock Avenue.

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