Taxes, fees un­changed in White Haven

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL / NATION - BY JIM DINO STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: jdino@stan­dard­; 570-501-3585

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.

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