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Clearfield Boro details budget with no tax increase
Friday, November 22, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield Borough Council approved its tentative 2014 budget with no tax increase at its meeting last night.
The budget calls for $2,70,859.97 in revenue and expenditures and keeps real estate taxes at 25 mills. This means a resident with a home valued at $100,000 would pay $625 in real estate taxes to the borough.
Next year's budget is about $66,000 higher than last year's; Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said most of this increase is due to higher revenue from the Earned Income Tax.
Stott said next year's budget is similar to this year's except next year the borough is planning on purchasing a new street sweeper at a cost of approximately $140,000.
On the revenue side, the borough is planning on receiving $835,000 in real estate taxes, $666,655 in enabling taxes such as the real estate transfer tax $31,000, the earned income tax $450,000, Local Services Tax $110,000, Mechanical Devices Tax $4,800, Amusement Tax $32,000 and Marcellus shale impact fees $38,855.
The borough also plans to receive $200,000 in state grants, $61,045 in departmental earnings from zoning and permit fees $36,000, police and fire department services $10,000, and building permits $15,000.
Non-revenue sources of income include $48,459 from transfers from the sanitary sewer fund.
As for expenditures, the borough plans on spending $38,827 on legislative expenses, which includes salaries of elected officials, auditing and legal services, advertising and printing and professional services.
The office of mayor is expected to cost $2,427, which includes $1,800 for the salary of the mayor.
Salary costs include Solicitor F. Cortez Bell III $10,500, part-time secretary salary $9,464, borough operations manager $62,054, which includes payment in lieu of health insurance, police Chief Vincent McGinnis $62,025, which also includes payment in lieu of health insurance, Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack $37,008 and secretary/administrative assistant Marianne Herres, $28,000.
Tax collection is expected to cost $34,142.
The borough is planning to spend $857,979 on the police department, $110,356 on the fire department, $83,075 on the code department, and $7,892 on recycling.
On public works, the borough plans to spend $104,387 on general highway maintenance, $98,366 on street cleaning, $53,407 on snow removal, $17,959 on traffic, $62,081 on lighting, $49,677 on sewer maintenance, $71,672 on highway repairs.
Other expenditures include, animal control $6,615, parking meter services $19,249, emergency management $500, contribution to airport authority $10,000, $23,040 on parks and recreation, and $9,910 on culture and recreation.
In other business:
• Borough Councilman Tim Winters said the new transportation bill is expected to increase the borough's revenues from Liquid Fuels taxes by 60 percent.
Winters said although there are some parts of the bill he likes, such as the prevailing wage reform, he is opposed to the bill.
"I would like to thank state Rep. Tommy Sankey for his diligence regarding the transportation bill. While the final bill appears to be flawed, the inclusion of the prevailing wage reform will benefit local municipalities including Clearfield Borough," Winters wrote in a statement he released to the media.
• Charles Ross submitted his resignation from the Clearfield Municipal Authority effective Jan. 1; council voted to send him a thank you letter for his years of service and to advertise for his replacement.
Council voted to:
• approve the bid from Glen O. Hawbaker of State College for high performance stock patch for $129.39 per ton.
• advertise for two inspector positions for the state Department of Transportation streetscape program.
Residents are reminded that after today, the leaf vac will be put away. After today all leaves must be bagged in biodegradable bags.
Fire Chief Todd Kling reminded residents that Breakfast With Santa will be held on Dec. 7 and Tour with Santa will be held on Dec. 21 starting at 6 p.m. He also reminded residents that the YMCA Christmas Parade will also be held on Dec. 7.
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