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Weissport budget adopted with no increase

Published December 31. 2013 05:01PM

Weissport homeowners will pay the same tax rate in 2014 as they paid in 2013.

Weissport Council on Monday night adopted the budget retaining the same tax rate as was set in 2013. Taxes were last increased in 2011, when council raised the tax millage by 2 mills, but residents were spared an increase for this year. Council set the millage at 10.9 mills by adopting the 2014 tax ordinance.

All council members were present, including Gene Kershner, president; Sue Pywar, vice president; and members, Arland Moyer, Paulette Watson and Tim Rehrig.

The budget lists $168,721 in total expenditures for 2014. Council plans to spend $2,750 on council salaries and dues; mayor salary and dues, $770; audit fees, $2,100; tax collections costs, $4,300; legal fees, $4,000; costs for secretary/treasurer, $6,480; miscellaneous costs, $200; engineering, $3,500; costs to operate municipal building, $9,210; police protection, salary, $13,000 and other police costs, $8,090; fire and public safety, $5,978; public safety (zoning, general enforcement), $2,500; sanitation, $$35,852; public works (salaries and supplies), $21,000; street lights, $8,736; debt service, $6,528; recreation, $850; donations, $585; levy maintenance, $1,285; employee expenses, $2,725; insurances, $8,380; state aid (software purchase, roads), $19,901.

Council members did not discuss the anticipated increase in the cost for solid waste pickup. During the last meeting, council accepted the low bid of $108,528 for a three-year contract from Advanced Disposal Services, Northampton, to service the 400 homes in Weissport.

The bid is approximately $4,000 a year more than the 2013 contract.

Rehrig noted that council will have to reopen the budget in 2014 to provide for an increase for solid waste.

Presently residents were paying $185 for weekly solid waste pick up, while tap rooms paid $220.25 and large businesses paid $349.50 per year.

Rehrig recommended that council get a list of large businesses customers from the tax collector for billing purposes.

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