Borough Adopts Final Budget
McConnellsburg Borough Council adopted a final budget and conducted routine business at its regular December meeting held last Wednesday evening.
The council gave unanimous approval to a 2014 budget that calls for a 1-mill tax increase and projects increased spending of about $23,988 over 2013 expected expenditures of $260,581.
The budget was passed unanimously on a Rick Buterbaugh/David Washabaugh motion. During November’s meeting, council voted to raise taxes 1 mill from 5 to 6 mills on real estate and to keep an occupation tax of 20 mills and a per-capita tax of $5.
Borough taxpayers will also pay a one-half percent real estate transfer tax and a one-half percent wage tax.
The 2014 budget calls for total expenditures of $284,569 to be offset by $643,343 in revenue and investments. The borough expects to spend $150,814 on general government, $31,555 on protection of persons and property and $102,200 on highways. It is anticipated that the borough will end the year with a surplus of $284,569.
During old business, the council met with the county’s chief clerk, Dan Swain, for a recap of the paving done in the old IGA parking lot and the alley. Council had agreed earlier this year to pay for the paving of the alley that runs in front of the building at the same time as the county paved the remainder of the parking lot. The job has been completed pending PennDOT’s final inspection. The borough’s portion of the alley paving totaled $4,850 with a $168 change order reduction.
Dan Adams was also present to discuss the portion of sidewalk on South Second Street that still has not been paved. The section that is unpaved forces pedestrians onto the road while walking to the Giant Food Store. Adams was told that Commissioner Irvin Dasher is looking into possible grants, etc., that may be used for the installation of the sidewalk.
Council reviewed correspondence from Commonwealth Code with respect to changes in rates. It was noted that $40 will now be charged for all reinspections.
It was announced that JoAnne Chilcote will now collect taxes for the borough due to the fact that longtime tax collector Heidi Newman no longer resides in the borough.
Council also received correspondence from a Market Street property owner outlining his plans to complete the razing of his property in order to build townhouses. The property at East Market and Third Street has been razed but not completely cleaned up and graded. The plan indicated that tree stumps will be ground to street level, three underground waterlines are being dug, the property will be graded and new sidewalks will be installed on both Third and Market streets. A timeline for completion was not given.
During regular business, council approved payment of November bills in the amount of $27,487.68. Receipts for the same period were $12,887.91. Checks were written for $26,384.29, leaving a December 1 balance of $22,417.99.
Council members present included Travis Bard, David Washabaugh, Pat Frazier, Pat Booth, Adam Gress, Rick Buterbaugh and Mayor Mike Chilcote.
Borough Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Fulton House. The next scheduled meeting will be held on January 1, 2014.