Williamsport mayor seeks to sell properties

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana is trying to sell city properties to add to the bottom line in city coffers.

The former Almond Street fire station and Reighard Avenue civil defense building are being appraised, he said.

The city is also trying to obtain ownership of two pump stations belonging to the Army Corps of Engineers. If the transfer of ownership takes place, Campana said he will offer the stations to the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority for $1 million for both.

If the sales occur, the cash will be deposited into the general fund reserve that is about $101,000, Campana said.

City departments were not able to meet 5 percent reductions in annual spending, Campana said.

“It was not possible because of the mandated union salary and benefits,” he said.

Campana remains undecided whether to sign, veto or ignore the $27.2 million budget adopted by City Council. The mayor said he has, by law, until Sunday to decide.

The budget has a $75 increase in annual tax bills on taxpayers. The average homeowner of a $100,000 property will pay $1,547 a year in city taxes.

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