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Borough council expects no tax increase

MONTGOMERY — Residents can expect no increase in borough real estate taxes next year according to a first reading of a resolution keeping the tax rate the same as the current year.

The measure passed by a 6-1 vote with L. Whitlow Wertz casting the lone no vote. Voting yes were: Lynn Crist, Fae Herb, Dale A. Brendle, Susan Andrews, Amber Wilt and Shawn Coles.

The resolution was introduced at a meeting of borough council Tuesday night. A second reading and final vote of the budget will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Borough Building, 35 South Main St.

The current real estate tax rate is set at 6.298 mills, with a fire tax at 1.0 mill and the library tax at .194 mills.

The budget of $541,825 comes in slightly less than the 2019 amount due to changes in police coverage, according to Donna Miller, borough coordinator. Borough police will no longer provide coverage for Brady Township or as a school resource officer in the Montgomery Area School District.

In other business, council heard from Dennis Gruver, the director of emergency management, that he was planning to retire early next year following 50 years in the position. Gruver suggested his son, Greg Gruver, as a replacement for the position.

They also approved unanimously a resolution adopting the 2020 uniform pension Minimum Municipal Obligation totalling $26,608.

The board also acknowledged the resignation of councilwoman Fae Herb, who was recently elected borough mayor.

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