South Williamsport Borough Council passes budget with no tax increase

South Williamsport taxpayers won’t see a borough tax hike next year, borough officials said Monday night.

The borough council approved a no-tax-increase budget of $2.3 million, with no increases in real estate or earned income taxes.

The average homeowner with property assessed at $100,000 will pay $512 and there was a zero-percent increase in employee health care, said Maria Maddy, assistant borough manager.

The tax rate is 4.48 mills for general purposes and 0.64 mills for fire protection service, for a total of 5.12 mills, said Bernard J. Schelb, borough council president.

There is a tax of 1 percent on earned income and net profits of residents, he said.

By ordinance, the borough has a $52 tax on individuals engaged in any occupation, trade or profession in the borough limits.

“The budget shows $2.3 million in revenue and $2.3 million in expenses,” said Steven W. Cappelli, borough manager.

The budget has a $100,000 surplus, he said. Surplus is reserve account, he noted.

“No increase in business taxes and no mercantile tax,” Cappelli said extending the invitation to prospective developers.

“South Williamsport is open for business,” he said.

Borough staffing on police and public works remains the same, he said.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a Blighted Property Committee consisting of John Decker, Linda Smith and Larry Baker.

• Authorized retirement of Dany, K9, at the end of the year. Borough Officer Devin Thompson is to become Dany’s rightful owner at retirement.

• Gave approval of a fire services agreement with Armstrong Township. The pact establishes an annual payment to the borough in the amount of $6,357 plus workers’ compensation reimbursement for fire services provided by the South Williamsport Fire Department.


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