Homer City OKs 1-mill tax increase

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 9:00 p.m.

Homer City Borough Council unanimously approved a one-mill tax increase Tuesday evening as part of its 2013 budget. The tax hike would yield roughly $9,000 in revenue for the borough at an average cost to taxpayers of about $13 per household.

The balanced budget for 2013 totals $451,990 each in expenditures and revenue, representing an increase of $21,325 over the previous year's budget.

The council unanimously reappointed Jim Carruthers to the Central Indiana County Water Authority and Rob Walbeck to the Central Indiana County Joint Sanitary Authority.

Homer City Police Chief Louis Sacco reminded council that the department's grant-funded wave of PA Buckle Up enforcement expired and the department will now begin stepping up its Aggressive Driving enforcement, also funded by a state grant.

Mayor Kenneth “Cal” Cecconi said the town's light-up night festivities will be held 5-8 p.m. today and will include a parade at 6 p.m.

The borough will also be offering free parking along Main Street through Russian Orthodox Christmas, Jan. 7, according to Cecconi.

Borough manager Rob Nymick told council the borough received Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee funding in the amount of $2,847.01, but said he believes the borough is owed an additional $247 and has contacted the governor's office regarding the shortfall.

Nymick also referenced an anonymous list of suggested improvements for the borough which includes the removal of parking meters and purchase of lighted holiday decorations for utility poles. Nymick priced such decorations and determined they would cost roughly $500 each, which is not financially feasible.

The borough is considering implementing a method to encourage homeowners to repair or replace over 1,200 square yards of damaged sidewalk. Nymick said replacing the sidewalks would be cost-prohibitive for the borough.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913 or greinbold@tribweb.com.

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