Weissport tentatively adopts 2011 budget with no call for tax increase
Weissport adopted the 2011 budget Monday that calls for no tax increases to continue providing services to Weissport residents, such as police protection, street lighting, borough maintenance, street cleaning and snow plowing.
The tax rate remains at 89 mills, which means that a homeowner will be assessed 89 cents on each $100 of assessed value. A home with an assessed valued of $50,000 will pay $445 in real estate taxes.
The budget will be formally adopted on Nov. 15.
In addition, council adopted the 2011 taxing ordinance that sets the per capita tax at $10, earned income tax and real estate transfer tax of one percent and the local services tax of $52.
Among the taxes council anticipates collecting is $45,000 in real estate taxes for the current year, $25,000 in earned income taxes and $6,500 in emergency and municipal taxes. The borough also collects $6,000 in cable television franchise taxes, $8,695 in liquid fuels taxes and $33,000 in solid waste collection.
Major budgeted items are costs for the police department, $13,200; solid waste collection, $32,000; public works wages, $10,000; street lights, $10,500 and liquid fuel's expenses, $8,295.
Council is hoping to purchase a dump truck with a plow that will be in service before the snow falls.
Council also discussed using a pickup truck, but passed on that idea after discussion because it would not fit the needs of the borough.
Weissport Council is in the position of needing another vehicle to provide snow plowing, as Dennis Moser, borough worker, reported last night that the dump truck will not start.
Gene Kershner, council member, said that benches, picnic table and bike rack will be installed to complete the playground project.
Arland Moyer, council member, said that he is concerned that the mulch may not be as thick as it needs to be.
"I think it looks pretty good," said Sue Pywar, council member. Pywar has led the project, which is nearly completed. She noted that for the final payment to be received that the project has to be completed by Dec. 31, which includes inspection by the Department of Community and Natural Resources.
Tim Rehrig, council president, said that after the playground meets final inspection, a dedication program will be planned, which will be held in the spring.
Rehrig said that old police car is still not sold, plus the new police car's paint is peeling.
Council instructed Moser to get an estimate on the costs of repairing the paint.