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Vanderbilt approves tentative 2013 spending plan with no tax hike

| Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Vanderbilt Borough Council passed its tentative budget with no expected tax increase for 2013.

Council members this week unanimously voted to approve the tentative budget in the general fund with $36,410 of total expected revenues, including $22,000 in wage taxes, $7,000 in real estate taxes, $1,400 in per capita taxes and $1,700 in fines and forfeits.

Expected expenditures include $4,100 in insurance, $2,900 in legal fees and advertising, $4,700 in street lighting and $5,000 in equipment purchases, bringing that total to $30,375.

The budget comes with no tax increase as council voted to advertise its tax ordinance with the millage rate to remain the same at 1.04 mills.

Council will vote on the final budget during its Dec. 18 regular meeting.

In other business, council voted to adopt an ordinance for numbering houses in the borough. The plan is for the safety and welfare of the public for emergency service workers responding to fires or other emergency situations.

According to the ordinance, the numbers for homes and businesses should be in paint, wood, enamel or other material approved by the borough, measure at least 3 inches in height and contrast to the background colors where it is placed.

Also, the numbers should be on or over a front door, on the front transom bar, the front transom glass, the front show window, or over or on either side of the entrance to such house or business. Blocking the number would be considered a violation.

A violation of the ordinance will bring a fine up to $1,000 or 90 days in prison.

Mark Hofmann is a writer with Trib Total Media.

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