Less state aid and an increase in spending prompted the Montoursville borough council to propose a 0.5 million increase in property taxes for 2022.
When asked what the costs were behind the proposal to increase taxes – wages, pensions or other costs – Borough Secretary and Treasurer Ginny Gardner said “All the foregoing.”
If the balanced general fund budget of $ 2,456,199 is adopted next month with the tax increase, borough residents can expect to see $ 50 more per $ 100,000 of assessed value of a property added to their tax bill.
The 2021 general fund budget adopted last year was $ 2,386,555. The last time taxes were raised was in 2018, when the current 4 mile tax rate was passed.
The borough council approved the publication of the budget and a tax levy order with the proposed tax rate. Documents can be viewed at the John Dorin Municipal Building, 617 N. Loyalsock Ave.
Plans to remove architectural barriers at the John Dorin Municipal Building were detailed at the meeting. The proposal includes the removal of the interior door set, the division of the hall in two and the installation of a new set of doors at the rear of the hall. The counter area will also be changed to make it more accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Remote controls for the lobby and police doors as well as exterior doors will make areas more accessible to people with disabilities. The Council approved the preparation and publicity of the Hiller Architectural Group tender documents for the project.
In other actions, the board approved a payment of $ 240,430 to Appelation Construction Services LLC for mechanical and electrical improvements to the waterworks project. They also approved a payment of $ 372,359 to Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. for the street improvement project in 2021.
Two items related to the proposed Indian Park Playground Project were approved by the Board, consisting of Alice L. Trowbridge, RLA for Professional Services for the Playground Grant Application, not exceeding 2 $ 400; and Borough Engineer Todd Pysher, Pysher Engineering / Dan Vassallo for professional services related to the playground layout, up to a maximum of $ 4,500.
The next Borough Council meeting will be held on December 6 at 7 p.m. at the John Dorin Municipal Building.