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Budget will raise taxes in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — Borough homeowners will be paying $25 more for every $100,000 of the assessed value of their properties after borough council approved the borough’s 2019 budget with a 0.25 mill increase in taxes at their meeting Tuesday.

The current millage is 6.298 for general purposes, 0.194 for the library and 1 for the fire department.

This was the first reading of the budget. Council set a meeting for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Borough Hall, 35 South Main St. for the second reading and final vote.

According to Lynn Crist, council president, the increase in the millage rate was necessary because of an increase in everyday expenses, or what he called the “cost of doing business,” which added approximately $40,000 to the budget.

The budget for the upcoming year is set at $677,061 for expenses and income at $695,070, leaving a surplus of $13,509.

In other actions, council approved both the police and the non-uniform employee contracts for 2019-2021.

They approved a letter of understanding establishing the position of borough coordinator to take the place of the borough manager. Donna Miller was named to that position. Angela Adams will serve as her assistant.

The borough’s former manager, John D. Lynch Sr., retired earlier this year and council chose not to fill that position, Crist said. He said that although the position of borough coordinator is for a two-year term, it will be reviewed in six months and if council does not feel that the new system is working, the position can be terminated at that time or anytime during the two year period.

Council also appointed Gary Yocum to the borough’s water and sewer authority for a five-year term beginning next year.

Council recognized Walter J. Bohner, Code Enforcement Officer/Zoning Officer, who is retiring at the end of the year. Bohner has served in that position for almost 30 years.

Members present were: Crist, Susan Andrews, Dale Brendle, Fae Herb, Whitlow Wertz and Amber Wilt. Absent was James McCarty.

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