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Lycoming County extends tax deadline and other votes taken in the past week

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week:

Federal

• The Senate voted 80-16 on a bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to prohibit the production of certain business records. U.S. Sens. Robert Casey, D-Scranton, and Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted yes.

The Senate also voted 49-44 on the nomination of John L. Ratcliffe, of Texas, to be director of National Intelligence. U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Scranton, voted no. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted yes.

• The House voted 208-199 on a measure to provide stimulus payments including employment aid, a boost to food stamps and funding for small business emergency grants. U.S. Reps. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, voted no.

State

• The Senate voted 33-15 in favor of a bill that would issue waivers allowing real estate professionals to conduct business. State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, voted yes. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the bill.

• The House voted 108-94 in favor of a bill authorizing counties to develop and implement their own mitigation plans and decide when businesses within their counties can reopen. State Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, voted yes.

• The House voted 115-87, short of the two-thirds majority needed, to override the governor’s veto of a bill requiring the Department of Community and Economic Development to issue waivers to the governor’s business closure order to vehicle dealers, lawn and garden centers, salons, barber shops, messenger and agent services, animal grooming services and manufacturing operations, allowing them to get back to work. State Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, voted yes.

• The House voted 133-69 to amend an act providing for establishment of outdoor space operation. It would allow establishments with existing decks, patios and courtyards to open those outdoor areas and would allow up to 50 percent of the outdoor maximum seating capacity in order to properly institute the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state mitigation guidelines. For those establishments with parking lots but no existing outdoor seating space, the bill will allow those establishments to design limited seating in a designated part of the parking lot. State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, chief sponsor of bill, voted yes. State Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, voted yes.

County

• The Lycoming County commissioners approved a resolution to extend the face value period for payment of real estate taxes to Aug. 31 and approved the hiring of Loretta Clark as an assistant detective at $23 per hour.

Municipal

• Muncy Borough Council approved a resolution via teleconference to extend the face value period for borough real estate taxes from June 31 to Aug. 31 in conjunction with the Lycoming County commissioners. In addition, council approved a resolution designating Edward Feigles, council president, as the agent for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation grants.

• The Woodward Township supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to extend the face value real estate tax payment period in conjunction with the Lycoming County commissioners from June 31 to Aug. 31 in an in-person meeting.

• The Muncy Township supervisors unanimously approved a resolution in accordance with recommendation from Lycoming County to delay the penalty fee coordinated with filing real estate taxes late in an in-person meeting. They also approved the Leece Electric traffic signal maintenance plan for 2020 which covers nine red lights at a cost of $6,605.

• Montgomery Borough Council approved Officer Mark Cassel as interim police chief in a 4-1 vote with Andrew Onufrak voting no in a Zoom conference meeting. Council also accepted the resignations of Fae Herb, Shawn Coles and Officer Ken Flewelling as well as the retirement of Officer Jeff Houseknecht. In other business, council unanimously agreed to keep the recycling center at its current location.

• The Loyalsock Township supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to delay the face period payment of real estate taxes in conjunction with the Lycoming County Commissioners in a teleconference meeting. They also approved a land development project at 1525 Washington Blvd. that was pending PennDOT approval at last month’s board meeting.

• The Old Lycoming Township supervisors unanimously approved extending the face period real estate tax payment for the 2020 year in conjunction with the Lycoming County commissioners in an in-person meeting without the public. In addition, the supervisors voted to waive penalties and interest for mercantile and business privilege taxes for the 2020 year and the Lecce Electric traffic maintenance quote for $2,100 for traffic pole maintenance. Lastly, the supervisors approved the Municibid sale of an ambulance for $6,500.

School Districts

• Ben Enders, business manager for the Jersey Shore Area School District, recommended the board place real estate taxes at the rebalanced rate suggested by the state for the upcoming fiscal year. Rates will be set at the next board meeting, Wednesday. The meeting was livestreamed on YouTube.

• The East Lycoming School District passed a proposed budget of $26,073,120 setting the real estate tax rate at 14.39 mills, which reflects a .51 mill increase meaning district homeowners could pay $51 more per $100,000 of their property’s assessed value. The board met via ZOOM.

• Meeting via ZOOM, the Loyalsock Township School Board approved by a 5-4 vote a proposed 2020-21 budget with a .25 mill increase in real estate tax rates. The board agreed to hold a work session June 17 to see if the increase could be reduced before the final vote on the budget is taken June 24.

• Montgomery School Board unanimously approved a proposed 2020-21 budget of $16,939,794 which maintains the current tax rate of 15.21 mills, in a Zoom conference call. The board also approved member Jon DeSantis as board treasurer for 2020-21.

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