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Jersey Shore residents face an increase in taxes

JERSEY SHORE — Borough council Monday night passed a 2020 budget that hikes real estate taxes by one mill.

The tax increase is the first in the borough in three years, according to borough manager Joseph Hamm.

Property owners with homes having an assessed value of $100,000 will pay an additional $100 per year in real estate taxes.

The tax hike brings the borough’s tax millage to 8.966.

Overall, tax revenues bring to the borough a total of $966,055 to help fund the $1.78 million spending plan.

The budget includes $138,928 in liquid fuels money for funding road projects.

The vote to pass the budget and the tax hike was 7-0.

Voting yes were Paul Garrett, Janet Barnhart, Sean Simcox, Matthew Haag, Kenneth Scheesley, Michael Zellers, and Barb Schmouder. Marguerite Dyroff was absent.

In other action, council approved a one-year $36,000 agreement between the borough and Penn Strategies for lobbying needs.

Jason Fitzgerald, of Penn Strategies, explained that the firm will essentially provide grant seeking and writing expertise for projects.

“You are in a very good position to attain grant funding,” Fitzgerald told council. “Your millage is low.”

He said the firm has delivered more than $1 million in grant funding to clients.

Overall, Penn Strategies works with 14 municipalities across the state, including the city of Williamsport.

Council approved a quote of $3,980 with Intrada Technology to upgrade the borough computer system.

Hamm noted that council will be seeking a quote for survey work for property on Depot Street. Plans call for locating a salt bin and equipment building at the site.

Council will hold its reorganization meeting 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6.

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