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DuBoistown Borough raises taxes for 2020

By DEREK DANNEKER

ddanneker@sungazette.com

DuBoistown Borough residents will see slightly higher property taxes next year as a result of the stormwater mandate, according to council members.

The council passed its 2020 budget, which included a .0005 millage increase to raise the borough’s total millage rate to .005. Meaning, an individual who owns a home costing $100,000 would pay $50 in taxes.

The tax increase is expected to bring in an additional $26,000 to the borough, which will now have a total revenue of $551,020. DuBoistown officials have line-itemed $538,473 of the 2020 budget.

Voting yes to the 2020 budget were Paul McKinley, Richard Boyles, Nathan Maynard, Eric Hine, and Michael Rodgers. Shawn Millard voted “no.” Eric Fausey was absent.

The borough also raised its occupational tax, or a one-time tax levied on all those who work in the area, from $10 to $52.

In other business, Christine Weigle, executive director of the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority, updated the council on the prospect of signing an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with South Williamsport — the next step in handling federally-mandated stormwater clean-up efforts.

“The ICA defines how we plan to achieve compliance with both boroughs working in cooperation with one another and defining the long term planning for the stormwater management program,” she said.

Each borough will delegate certain authorities and authorizations to LCWSA so that they may act on both DuBoistown and South Williamsport’s behalf.

“The (state Department of Environmental Protection) will not allow you to take your name off the permit,” said Weigle. “You can’t delegate everything to LCWSA.”

There will be deep budget integration between the authority, South Williamsport and DuBoistown, she said.

“All three have to align. There’s a lot of coordination that will happen each year associated with (the stormwater mandate),” she said.

Though the stormwater fee won’t begin until July 2020, Weigle said the authority expects the borough to spend $95,000. That money will be paid back into their budget as funds are raised through the fund.

“The sewer fund budget is a no sewer rate increase,” she said. “The projects from this year that we didn’t get done got rolled over so the budget remains as anticipated.”

In conjunction with the budget, Weigle said the authority has been working on a mapping review to update the maps in South Williamsport where they anticipate the combined pollution reduction projects to start.

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