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No property tax increase planned for Dawson residents under tentative budget

| Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Dawson property owners will not experience a tax increase in 2013 under a tentative budget passed on Monday by council.

The proposed budget is balanced and set at $65,145.

Council said property taxes would remain at 1.284 mills.

Council President Patty Lint thanked all members for their participation in the Veterans Day event and gala held on Sunday. Proceeds from the event will go to expand the town's honor roll.

Councilman John Nudo questioned council on a bill presented by Widmer Engineering for design work completed by the firm in the spring that dealt with drainage. The bill had not been paid.

Borough secretary Kim Colbert said the borough has received a second bill.

Nudo asked when the bill was originally approved to be paid.

“It was voted on at a meeting and approved,” borough solicitor Richard Husband said. “For whatever reason, it was not paid, but it was approved.”

Husband said the borough would be reimbursed for the money to pay the engineering bill from a Safe Water Grant that was awarded from the Department of Environmental Protection.

“I believe that when someone does work for you, then they should be paid,” said Councilman Bobby Bibby.

Councilwoman Phyllis Newell asked whether council would consider changing the curfew from 9:30 p.m. to earlier.

“I know we talked about this,” Newell said. “We said something about making it earlier when the time changes or when school is out.”

In order to change the curfew, an amendment to the ordinance must be made.

“That ordinance is from 1994, and if there was anything more recent that we adopted, then I don't recall,” Husband said.

In other business, council announced the borough dog warden is now Bruce Minick, and he can be reached at 724-887-3780.

Council also accepted the resignation of Colbert, who cited a busy schedule and time constraints.

Colbert stated that she will stay and train a replacement.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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