Parryville Council adopts 2011 budget, plans laptop purchases
Parryville Council formally adopted the 2011 budget on Tuesday night with no tax increase.
Millage will remain at 10.5 mills. For general purposes, residents will be assessed 6.75 mills, street repairs will be two mills, for fire safety purposes, one mill and for street lighting purposes, quarter mill will be assessed.
The borough has a surplus of $4,965, which helped maintain the tax base for 2011 at the same rate. The borough plans to bring in and expend $202,900 in 2011.
The borough anticipates collecting $68,315 in real estate taxes and $10,121 in fire company taxes. The street light tax is expected to generate $7,591 and the street repair tax should bring in $20,242.
The borough will receive approximately $4,000 from the tax claim bureau and $500 in occupational taxes. Per capita taxes should raise $1,300 and the real estate transfer tax should raise another $1,000.
About $500 will come from the occupational privilege tax and the earned income tax is anticipated to raise $26,000. Moving permits will bring in $50 and the district magistrate should add $100. Other revenues are, state police fines, $350; interest income, $250; rental income - elections, $150; foreign fire tax, $2,900; alcoholic beverage license fee, $150; solid waste, $36,000; solid waste delinquent, $2,500; zoning/building permits, $500; uniform construction code permits, $100; sale of materials, $50; miscellaneous, $150; and liquid fuels, for lease payments, $2,987.20.
Expenses include, sewage enforcement officer fees, $1,000; engineering fees, $1,/. 000; zoning hearing board expenses, $750; council salaries, $4,800' office equipment, $100; QuickBooks annual subscription, $500; audit fees, $2,400; borough council dues/seminars, $150; borough secretary bond, $150; mayor salary, $1,300; mayor dues. seminars, $100; borough hall maintenance and repairs, $1,000; tax collector commission, $3,000; EIT commission, $500; tax collector supplies and postage, $300; legal fees, $4,500; secretary costs, $8,000; advertising, $1,000; telephone, $400; Internet fees, $475; electric, $500; heat, $2,500; 911 center, $1,100; fire company, $10,121; foreign fire insurance, $2,900; road repairs, $74,688; truck lease payment, $7,477; zoning officer salary, $3,000; workers' compensation insurance, $4,475; public officials insurance, $2,400; vehicle and property insurance, $1,200; waste removal, $34,500; collection agency commission, $25; grass cutting, $200; highway salaries, $10,000; road materials, $3,000; fuel for borough equipment, $1,000; equipment fund, $1,000; street alley repair, $2,000; minor equipment repairs, $1,500; borough worker supplies, $1,000; snow removal, $500; street lights, $9,000; K-9 donation, $65; Lehighton Library, $100; United Vets, $100; Parryville Band, $100; Lehigh Canal Commission, $100; miscellaneous expenses, $100 payroll taxes, $1,675; liquid fuels, $11,949.
Council approved spending $1,200 in 2011 to purchase three refurbished lap top computers for council members.
Dana Brubaker, secretary, said that the borough council is going paperless for 2011 to save funds.
Mike Grant, council president said that council is allowed to spend $1,200 each year on equipment and have selected to purchase laptop computers for each council member over the next two years with liquid fuels money.
Attorney Michael Greek, solicitor for the borough, updated council on Riverwalck Restaurant issues. He said that a Zoning Hearing Board meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at the Parryville Fire Company to settle zoning issues and that two court hearings are also scheduled. He said that in February, there will be court proceedings on the Riverwalck Restaurant sewage compliance issues and in March, owner Mark Stemler will face contempt of court proceedings for continuing to build outdoor decks on to the restaurant after he was issued a stop work order.
Attorney Greek said that he knows that council members are frustrated by the length of time it is taking to settle issues with Riverwalck Restaurant, but that he believes by having the Zoning Hearing Board make a decision first, will work best in the long run.
"We certainly want to give the owner of Riverwalck Restaurant every opportunity to come into compliance," said Greek.