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Saltsburg boasts no rise in taxes

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 9:00 p.m.

Salstburg Council on Monday approved a final 2013 budget that hold the line on property taxes at the current 11.2 mills. One mill generates about $3,500 in revenue.

The 2013 budget projects $664,050 in total revenue and $608,541 in expenses, slightly more than the $651,100 and $587,558, respectively, budgeted for 2012.

The 2013 budget includes the following revenues: general account, $295,000; sewage account, $250,900; UDAG account, $50,000; road fund account, $58,550; and community center account, $9,600.

Expenses are as follows: general account, $292,177; sewage account, $231,364; UDAG account, $35,000; road fund account, $50,000; and community center account, no expenses.

The budget includes an estimated $5,000 from the UDAG fund that will be used to reseal and recaulk the paved walkway in the town's historic canal park.

Council also adopted a new certificate of appropriateness form that will be given with every building permit application through the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB). The form reinforces that any proposed work on buildings and properties in the historic district must meet borough code.

In other business, council: 

• Fielded concerns from resident Dan Rose about trees that were recently cut down. He and council disagree on whether or not the trees were on a borough right-of-way;

• Agreed to purchase and have installed a new furnace at the canal park comfort station through Shirley Heating, at a cost of $5,186 plus an additional $368 for an optional 10-year parts and labor warranty;

• Approved the borough's 2013 P.R.O.S.P.E.R. ordinance, which offers a five-year tax break incentive for businesses moving into the borough;

• Adopted changes and additions to employee guidelines and job descriptions;

• Appointed Donna Rasperger as tax collector, effective Jan. 1;

• Approved the 2013 meeting schedule, with council set to continue its meetings at 7 p.m. the first Monday of every month;

• Announced that parking will be free in the borough through the holiday season, beginning Dec. 17 and ending Jan. 2;

• Thanked Ron Mancabelli and E-Mar Acres for donating several trees for the borough's recent Light-Up Night festivities, as well as the tree that stands in the borough office, which will be donated to a family in need of a tree this Christmas season;

•Approved the Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department's annual boot drive, which will be held Dec. 21 and 22.

Gina DelFavero is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2915 or gdelfavero@tribweb.com.

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