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South Side passes budget with no increase in tax rate

South Williamsport Borough Council approved a no-tax-increase budget Monday night.

The borough adopted a 2020 budget of $2.4 million.

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 Steven W. Cappelli, borough manager.

The average homeowner with property assessed at $100,000 will pay $512, Cappelli said.

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 for fire is $153,450; $2.5 million for sewer; $315,417 for municipal storm water system; $2.7 million for capital projects; $207,007 for liquid fuels and $18,700 for street lights, the budget showed.

The borough will pay $47,000 for administration of sewer billing to Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority.

The borough is preparing additional stormwater fees for users to see in their July bills, as the borough joins with DuBoistown and Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority to correct and repair stormwater deficiencies and meet required permits of discharging pollutants into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

In other action, council:

• Formally approved Cappelli’s position as public safety director for an annual salary of $20,000, and one week vacation.

• Approved spending $1,100 for a police sergeant ballistic vest.

• Awarded a $53,695 contract to a company collecting non-compliant sewer property owner loans. The borough has seven out nine completed and the funds will be turned over to the borough sewer fund, Cappelli said.

• Failed to pass a motion on a field lease agreement with Little Mountaineer Little League to keep the field open to the public.

• Appointed Hilarie German as a first citizen at large and Kathie Sinibaldi as second citizen at large to the civil service board. The elected official will be David Geise, councilman.

• Receiving informational update on the Protasio building on Maynard Street, which was denied an appeal before the borough’s Blighted Property Appeal Board. The borough is a step closer to demolision of the property, Cappelli said. The owner has another appeal possible before the county court.

• Notified anyone interested in filling a likely vacancy on council’s first ward to send a letter of interest to the borough manager. The borough continues to wait on the official election count at Voter Services that includes write-in candidates.

• Updated residents about the recent employment of Codes Inspection Inc., a Montgomery service that is conducting codes responsibilities, rental inspections, zoning permits and preparation for a zoning hearing board.

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