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No tax increase for proposed DuBoistown budget

DuBoistown Borough council is ramping up to approve a budget that would see no tax increase to residents for 2022, as discussed in a recent meeting.

The borough reports an expected revenue of $808,296 between taxes and intergovernmental revenues, while its expenses of $799,306 leave an excess of around $9,000 leftover.

The current real estate tax rests at 5 mills, according to Ann Baker, borough manager.

That means that residents with properties assessed at $100,000 they would pay $500 in taxes.

Baker said this year, the budget was broken down into more categories and more line items to give council members, and residents, a more detailed understanding of the borough’s finances.

Borough council will vote on the final budget at a special meeting Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in the borough offices.

The borough council also unanimously approved Dorothy Mertz to become the new tax collector for the borough for a four-year term.

“I have 24 years of experience, so there will be no learning curve except for the names of streets or residents. Nobody is thrilled when they pay taxes, including me, but I still try to make the experience pleasant and informative,” Mertz said.

Borough Council also approved placing the addition of three new committees onto the borough’s reorganization meeting agenda, which is scheduled for Jan. 3.

Those three committees included parks and recreation, codification and sidewalks, Baker said.

Borough Council will also invest in the “Savvy Citizen” app to help keep residents informed about borough events and emergencies through notifications, Baker said.

The app is currently used by Old Lycoming Township and Baker said South Williamsport is also exploring the possibility of implementing it. The app will cost the borough $759 yearly, and the company will notify residents through postcards on how to sign up.

In other news, Baker said the prospect of a burn ban being implemented in the borough will be discussed in an upcoming public safety committee meeting. Additionally, the borough is going to address a leak in the police substation’s women’s bathroom.

Additionally, Baker said the borough’s side of the HVAC system in the borough building does not always work correctly, and will need to be replaced in the future despite multiple attempts to fix it.

Baker is also exploring costs for replacing the HVAC system across the entire building, including on the fire department’s side.

The Dec. 18 holiday celebration at the borough is on-track to occur 4 to 7 p.m. at the borough building. Santa Claus and his reindeer will make an appearance for photographs, and the event will include kids activities and refreshments.

Baker said she is still looking for a group to sing carols at the event.

President Mike Rogers thanked outgoing borough council members Nathan Maynard, Eric Fausey and Paul McKinley for their service.

DuBoistown Borough Council will next meet Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the borough building.

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