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Mt. Pleasant council OKs balanced budget

| Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

For the eighth consecutive year, Mt. Pleasant Borough Council passed a balanced budget.

The 2014 budget will have revenues and expenditures of $1,219,634. A motion was passed to set the millage rate at 16 mills for 2014, which is the current rate.

“There was no tax increase with this budget, and there was no decrease in services,” Borough Manager Jeff Landy said. “This shows the plans we have to improve the borough — to make it better.”

Councilman Larry Tate commended Landy and the rest of the office staff and members of the finance committee for taking on the task of presenting a balanced budget to council for approval.

“I can remember when we used to sit up here until midnight or one in the morning going line item by line item, but this system is really working out well,” Tate said.

Landy said borough officials have worked hard at making all of the inner workings of the borough an open book.

“This council has been transparent and open with information,” he said. “This year was a year of challenges — listening to the wants and needs of the residents and fixing problems that should have been dealt with several years ago, and in 2014 we're ready to move forward with new challenges.”

Council also approved the Waste Water Treatment budget with revenues and expenditures at $614,350; Medic 10 budget with revenues of $518,740 and expenditures of $506,774.65; and liquid fuels budget with revenues of $85,929.48 and expenditures of $110,929.48, with a carryover from 2013 of $25,000.

A motion was passed to approve a one-year extension on the contract with Allied Waste for trash pickup in the borough. There is an option to extend it another year after the one-year extension.

District Judge Roger Eckels presented the borough with a $500 check to renew the license of the Reality Tour for 2014. The tour shows parents and students a mock emergency room scene and other behind-the-scenes events that take place when students and young people make dangerous decisions.

Eckels said more than 250 parents and children have come to the three Reality Tours that were presented this year.

Mayor Gerald Lucia said there recently was a home invasion at a residence on Washington Street. He reminded residents not to let strangers into their homes.

“When you see strangers, call 911 so the police can check on them before something drastic happens,” he said, adding that anyone from a utility company should have a badge as well as a vehicle belonging to the company they are claiming to represent.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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