Taxes, fees unchanged in White Haven
WHITE HAVEN — Property taxes and garbage fees will remain the same for borough residents in 2018.
Monday night, borough council voted 6-0 to give final approval to a $627,070 spending plan that calls for the same 2.5-mill property tax rate as in 2017.
Council will consider the tax ordinance connected to the budget at its final meeting of the year Dec. 18.
Borough Manager Linda Szoke said the milla g e is assessed as follows: 1.99 for general pur poses, 0.37 for streetlights and 0.14 for fire protection.
A $132,308 garbage budget also calls for the same $65 per quarter garbage fee residents pay now, Szoke said. Council also approved a liquid fuels budget of $75,549.63.
At $259,000, taxes and other income represent the largest source of income in the budget. The water contract with Hazleton Water follows at $150,000. The fir m pays the borough 75 cents per gallon of water withdrawn.
“There is a meter at the spring water site and Councilman Charlie Best checks the totals at the meter each month to confir m what has been sold,” Szoke said. “We renewed the contract in July for another five years.”
The largest expenditure in the budget is for police, at $179,582.78, which includes salaries, supplies and equipment.
New streets foreman
The borough is looking for a new streets foreman. Council met in executive session before Monday night’s meeting and then again for a short session during the meeting.
Borough solicitor Sean Lodgson said the executive sessions were held to discuss personnel issues.
At the meeting, council voted unanimously to terminate its ties with Les Saxon, who Szoke said has worked for the borough since July. No reason was given for his dismissal.
Council also voted to advertise for a new streets foreman.