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City, school boards tackle budgets

From Staff Reports

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

Federal

• The Senate voted 52-42 on the confirmation of Janet Garvin McCabe, of Indiana, to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Scranton, voted yes. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, voted no.

• The House was out of session.

State

• The House was out of session.

County

• Lycoming County commissioners approved just over $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for the Franklin Township sewer project and $130,901 in CDBG money for the Muncy public library. Rick Mirabito, Tony Mussare, and Scott Metzger voted yes.

City

• City Council voted 4-2 to accept an $8.8 million River Valley Transit budget for 2021 and 2022. Voting against it were Bonnie Katz and Adam Yoder. Council President Randall J. Allison, Liz Miele, Vince Pulizzi and Jon Mackey were in favor. David Banks was absent. Katz and Yoder asked for more details and description similar to a proposed budget in 2019 presented to council and were not comfortable without being able to see line items and department expenses as indicated in the prior budget.

School Districts

• The proposed 2021-22 budget for the Jersey Shore Area School District was introduced with no tax increase expected for property owners in the district. The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Commission to provide a school resource office for the next five years.

• The Montoursville Area School board got a look at the 2021-22 budget for the district which showed no increase in real estate taxes for district residents. The board also heard comments from students in favoring of continuing with wearing masks until the end of the year and comments from borough residents and board members supporting no masks. Board president David Shimmel told those in attendance that masks must be worn on school property in order for students to remain in in-person instruction and for spring sports to continue.

• The East Lycoming School Board approved a proposed budget for next year that raises real estate taxes by 0.58 mills.

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