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Proposed budget calls for no tax increase

Published November 15. 2011 05:01PM

Jim Thorpe Borough Council is working on its budget for 2012. The proposed 2012 budget was introduced and tentatively approved at the regularly scheduled council meeting. The council will look to vote on the final 2012 budget at the next borough council meeting on December 8th.

There will be a budget workshop meeting Thursday, Nov. 17th at 6:30 p.m.. The meeting is open to the public. Anyone with questions about the budget is invited to attend.

For the proposed 2012 budget the borough is looking at no increase in rates for water and garbage.

The proposed 2012 budget is also looking at no tax increase.

The budget for water is $1,162,209 and for garbage is $602,915. The general fund budget is $1,800,450 and for liquid fuels is $108,907. The budget for Memorial Hall is $176,175 and for Asa Packer Mansion is $11,889. The budget for sewage is $1,099,217.

Currently residents pay one flat fee for sewage. The borough is working on updating the sewer budget.

With the proposed sewage budget, Council Vice President, Justin Yaich, said that the resident's sewage bill would be calculated at 100 percent of the water they use (water bill).

"Theoretically, the sewage would be directly proportional to the water," stated Borough Manager, Wesley Johnson.

The water bill for an average user, using 4,000 gallons of water per month, is $48.87. With this proposed sewer budget, the sewer bill would then also be $48.87.

Also, discussed at the meeting Mayor Michael Sofranko said that members of the Jim Thorpe Community Watch volunteered on trick or treat night to help keep the evening safe.

"I personally want to thank the community watch for a job well done during Halloween," stated Sofranko.

Sofranko also wanted to thank the youth and the community for a safe 'mischief night.'

Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz wanted to thank everyone in the police department for all their time and effort to help at the Fall Foliage Festival and during Halloween festivities.

Yaich congratulated John McGuire, Betsy Ahner, and Joseph Krebs for winning the election to council. McGuire was re-elected and currently serves as Council President. Ahner and Krebs are newcomers to council.

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